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    There are many reasons to question the merits of a referendum on British membership of the European Union

There are many reasons to question the merits of a referendum on British membership of the European Union

David Cameron announced in 2013 that if the Conservatives were to win a majority in the 2015 general election he would hold a referendum on whether to remain in the EU. What would happen if Britain actually exits? John McCormick examines the implications, writing that there are many reasons to worry about the prospects of Britain leaving the EU.

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    The five routes to a Brexit: how the UK might leave the European Union

The five routes to a Brexit: how the UK might leave the European Union

Given the dispute over the new President of the European Commission, and UKIP’s success in the European Parliament elections, the UK’s EU membership is likely to be a key issue in the campaign for the 2015 UK general election. Tim Oliver writes that while a great deal has been written on whether the UK will leave the EU, less […]

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    A ‘Brexit’ would have important implications at the European and international levels

A ‘Brexit’ would have important implications at the European and international levels

The implications of a ‘Brexit’ for the UK has been endlessly discussed, but its implications for the EU and other international powers has hardly been considered. Tim Oliver explores the complex set of possibilities and implications at the European and international level that both the UK and EU need to keep in mind as they move forward.

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    Leaving the European Union is likely to have a significant negative economic impact

Leaving the European Union is likely to have a significant negative economic impact

In a new report on the economic consequences of a ‘Brexit’, Gianmarco Ottaviano, João Paulo Pessoa, Thomas Sampson and John Van Reenen find that if the UK left the European Union there would be a significant negative impact. The most important costs would come as a result of higher trade barriers with the EU.
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The EU’s unwillingness to discuss the possibility of a ‘Brexit’ is playing into the hands of Eurosceptics

British Prime Minister David Cameron has made a commitment to hold a referendum on the UK’s EU membership, should his party win the next general election. Tim Oliver writes that while the possibility of a ‘Brexit’ has been much discussed in the UK context, across the rest of the EU the issue has largely been downplayed or avoided. He argues […]

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Hand-waving as renegotiation: The UK’s (and EU’s) limited options

David Cameron has committed a future majority Conservative Government to a renegotiation of the terms of British membership of the European Union, followed by an in/out referendum. While much has been made of the political implications of a British exit, less attention has been paid to the substance of what a renegotiated settlement might amount to. Simon Usherwood argues that options for […]

BREXIT talk is already hurting the UK economy

David Cameron has promised to hold a referendum on Britain’s EU membership in 2017. Costas Milas argues that talk of an exit from the EU has been a hugely unnecessary distraction that has led to economic uncertainty and higher borrowing costs. He shows this by plotting the 10-year UK yield together with the Google trends search queries index for “BREXIT”. Policymakers […]

The biggest threat to Britain’s credit rating is a possible exit from the EU

In advance of David Cameron’s now postponed speech on Europe, Costas Milas explores the ramifications which the prospect of an exit from the EU might hold for the UK’s credit rating.  Prime Minister David Cameron is preparing for a major speech in the Netherlands which is expected to shed some light on the future of Britain’s relationship with our European partners. […]

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