European Politics and Institutions

EU Politics and Governance Forum

Britain in Europe - what is the future? - Forum meeting

23 April 2012

European integration has always been a controversial and politicised subject matter in the United Kingdom, and the decision of Prime Minister David Cameron to opt out of the new intergovernmental treaty on fiscal discipline at the EU Summit in December 2011 has not only reaffirmed the traditional UK reticence towards Europe, but has also provoked critical questions on the future of Britain in Europe. This forum meeting discussed whether the British ‘veto’ has fundamentally altered the UK-EU relationship, the political price to be paid for being outside further integration of the Euro zone, London’s relationship with Brussels and whether the UK could even leave the EU. Participants also discussed the implications for British interests worldwide and for non-European actors, such as the United States.

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