About: UK referendum

Enlargement 04-07-2016

EU enlargement after Brexit

The lack of political commitment to the EU integration of the Western Balkans has direct influence on the region’s democratic backsliding, writes Srdjan Cvijic.
Brexit 23-06-2016

A thin win of the Remain camp means Britain will remain in uncertainty for EU

If the Remain camp wins by a tiny majority – the polls show a deadlock – then the Leave camp will not let the matter stand. It will manoeuvre for another referendum down the road, writes George Friedman.
Brexit 23-06-2016

A Brussels Brit: Brexit referendum is good, painful and necessary

The Brexit campaign has at times been difficult for British people living in Brussels, but the referendum is a vital challenge to the complacency and arrogance all too evident in the upper echelons of the European Union, writes James Crisp.
Brexit 25-05-2016

Brexit: A last testament

To remain or to leave, that is the question. Before answering, try and distil what we have learned, Michael Emerson suggests.
Development Policy 17-05-2016

What would ‘Brexit’ mean for Development?

On June 23rd Britain will go to the polls to make a momentous decision: whether to remain in or leave the EU, writes Linda McAvan MEP.

National parliaments’ 3rd yellow card: A preliminary assessment

On 10 May, national parliaments, mainly from Central and Eastern Europe, managed to trigger a “yellow card” that forces the European Commission to reconsider its proposal to revise the Posted Workers Directive. Valentin Kreilinger answers eight questions on proposal, procedure and precedents.
Brexit 10-05-2016

Cameron is right to raise Brexit security fear

The real risk is that a UK exit could lead to the departure of other member states, writes Paul James Cardwell.
Brexit 15-04-2016

Can a Corbyn-Cameron axis defeat Brexit?

The Brexit campaign is throwing up the oddest of paradoxes.  Having been elected as a leftist hammer of the Conservatives, the Labour leader, Jeremy Corbyn, has now decided he wants to ensure David Cameron stays as Prime Minister by joining ranks with him to urge a defeat of the Brexit camp in the referendum on 23rd June.
Brexit 07-04-2016

Why the UK Labour Party holds the key to Britain’s EU referendum

If the latest polls are right, Britain looks increasingly likely to vote to leave the EU on 23 June. A number of polls put ‘Leave’ between two and five percentage points ahead of ‘Remain’, writes Adrian Pabst.
Brexit 31-03-2016

What leaving the EU would really mean for British trade deals

The impact of staying in or leaving the EU for the UK’s global trade has become one of the most talked about questions of the referendum so far, writes Paul James Cardwell.
Big Ben
Brexit 25-02-2016

Three plan Bs for Brexit

Three possible 'plan Bs' for Brexit are defined in research carried out by Michael Emerson, in a 24-page policy paper spanning a range of views, from which EURACTIV publishes the Executive Summary.
Euro & Finance 23-02-2016

EU solves one problem and creates another

The deal that was necessary to keep the United Kingdom in the EU has also opened the door for other members to use referendums — or more likely, the threat of referendums — as a negotiating tactic, writes Stratfor, the global intelligence company.
Future EU 23-02-2016

Brexit and the ongoing saga of the EU

What has emerged in the last two years is a European Union where member states pay attention to European regulations only when it suits them, and an EU leadership that does nothing about it, writes George Friedman.
Brexit 05-02-2016

Is the EU finished if the British leave?

Those who say that if the British leave, the EU is finished are right. Not because Britain is an indispensable member, but because for other members, sovereignty matters too, writes George Friedman.
Edinburgh
Brexit 25-01-2016

Scotland will keep the UK in the EU

The people of Scotland and the rest of the United Kingdom will soon decide whether the UK should remain a member of the European Union. The Scottish government is determined to make the case for continued membership, writes Humza Yousaf.
Brexit 12-01-2016

Brexit: Is it 1975 all over again? Not quite…

The decision by David Cameron to allow members of his cabinet a free choice in the upcoming EU referendum is an intriguing example of history repeating itself, writes Dick Roche.
Michael Emerson
Brexit 13-10-2015

The Leave.EU campaign starts with factual errors and disinformation

The new organization advocating a ‘leave’ vote in the UK's referendum on its EU membership has launched a website with a series of FAQs, which will rapidly give itself a reputation for factual errors and disinformation. Michael Emerson provides examples.
Michael Emerson
Brexit 02-04-2015

What the British government should conclude from its own researches on the EU

The British government financed a massive study called ‘Balance of Competences Review’ to evaluate the country’s EU membership, but strangely, it abstained from drawing conclusions from this effort, writes Michael Emerson.
Brexit 16-03-2015

The UK’s relationship with Europe is too complex to be settled by a simple ‘in/out’ referendum

The calling of a referendum on EU membership would not be a panacea for the problems in the relationship between London and Brussels. In fact, it risks deepening divisions over the terms of any potential exit and would be a de facto vote on the nature of the United Kingdom itself, agues Andrew Glencross. 
Brexit 04-03-2015

EU referendum could weaken UK unity

The holding of a referendum on the UK's membership of the EU may result in it leaving the Union. Such a result might also dramatically weaken the domestic union between the four nations of the United Kingdom, writes Jo Murkens.
Graham Bishop, member of the European Movement’s UK Council
Brexit 29-10-2014

Cameron’s ‘EU budget’ mess

Ever since it emerged that the the UK’s contribution to the EU has to increase, the issue has assumed a life of its own. Britain's political tectonic plates are on the move, writes Graham Bishop.
Deirdre Curtin
Brexit 18-04-2014

The Next Stage of European Democracy

Politicians and academics should welcome an in-out referendum in the UK in 2017: it is a fantastic incentive to come up with new ideas on ways of governing Europe, writes Deirdre Curtin.

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