Britain and the EU

Britain and the EU: in or out?

Britain’s relations with the EU have reached a critical juncture. Responses to the present economic crisis in the EU entail solutions that are likely to lead to a deeper economic, fiscal, and ultimately political union in the years to come. Meanwhile, the current UK government is adopting increasingly Eurosceptic positions, threatening to veto EU policy developments and moving towards a renegotiation of the country’s relationship with the EU. This is leading the UK to re-examine the merits of its EU membership. The mood in Brussels, too, has changed. Accommodating London’s requests used to be seen as a necessary price to pay for Britain’s EU membership. But today there is growing impatience with the UK’s aloofness from the integration process and the potential for the country to block crucial developments in eurozone governance.

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