Labour should not be the champion of EU free movement

It’s time for the Labour Party to have a sensible discussion about immigration within the EU. The traditional perspective of the British socialist Left on immigration is neither the liberal viewpoint that immigration is inherently good nor the xenophobic viewpoint that it is inherently bad. Instead, practically minded British socialists have argued that immigration must be evaluated on the […]

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    Leaving the EU will be detrimental for the future of the City

Leaving the EU will be detrimental for the future of the City

The City’s growth is not endogenous,  it has coincided with the achievement of the European single market. In the past 20 years London managed to adapt as a bridgehead for foreign, mostly US, financial institutions’ operations all over the EU (banks, institutional investors and fund managers, and ratings agents). Karel Lannoo, one the participants of the first LSE Commission on the Future of Britain in Europe, claims that it is […]

The year in review: the EU referendum

In 2013 David Cameron committed a future Conservative government to an In/Out referendum on membership of the EU. Now, after Conservative victory in the General Election, the major campaign groups for both sides of the argument are starting to push their case. Below are our ten most popular articles on the topic during 2015. The debate is only going to intensify […]

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What lessons can Britain learn from other EU referendums?

Although the upcoming UK referendum on EU membership will only be the second time the British electorate has voted on its participation in the integration project, over 50 referendums have been held elsewhere in Europe on other aspects of European integration. Sara Hobolt assesses what lessons these referendums might have for the UK, noting that there are four key […]

Britain needs Europe a lot more than Europe needs Britain

With the campaign pledging to win back the UK, and with The Britain Stronger in Europe campaign pledging to explain the “true reality of life” outside the EU, arguments for and against UK’s membership give and take daily. Here, Dennis Novy explains why a divorce from the EU would risk putting the UK in a weaker economic position.

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    The UK’s opposition to the EU is driven by a lack of information and undirected hostility

The UK’s opposition to the EU is driven by a lack of information and undirected hostility

The UK has always had a contentious relationship with the European Union. John McCormick argues that this relationship has been hampered by popular misunderstandings, driven by a lack of credible information and general hostility towards European integration. He suggests that more attention should be paid to the positive aspects of EU membership and that academics should contribute more to public […]

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Consent of a majority of the rest of the EU will be needed if there is to be a new UK-EU relationship

The only place in the EU where the issues that might arise from a UK renegotiation or withdrawal are being debated in any detail is in the UK itself. But any change in the relationship will have an impact on all member states. Tim Oliver and John Bruton write that it is therefore not simply about what Britain wants from its relationship with the […]

Rising Euroscepticism is positively linked to increased support for radical right-wing parties

Support for the EU has fallen in several European countries since the beginning of the financial crisis. Han Werts, Marcel Lubbers and Peer Scheepers assess the political effects of this rise in Euroscepticism using data from the European Social Survey. Their analysis shows that the probability of voting for radical right-wing parties increases substantially with levels of Euroscepticism. In many […]

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