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UK Debate

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Latest thinking on Brexit [What Think Tanks are thinking]

Written by Marcin Grajewski, The United Kingdom is preparing to meet the deadline it has set itself of end-March 2017 for launching the formal procedure to leave the European Union. Following a UK Supreme Court ruling, triggering Article 50 of the EU’s Lisbon Treaty now requires that the UK Parliament pass legislation on the matter, … Continue reading

How will evolving global shifts impact us in 2017?

Written by Naja Bentzen, Following 2016, a year of shifts and shocks, there is little doubt that 2017 holds potential for much uncertainty. A new EPRS publication, Ten issues to watch in 2017, explores a number of issues – internal and external security, the United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the EU (Brexit), the new United States … Continue reading

Brexit: Implications and outlook [What Think Tanks are Thinking]

Written by Marcin Grajewski, Uncertainty about the future relations between the European Union and the United Kingdom has contributed to turbulence on financial markets and in European politics, following the country’s vote by referendum on 23 June to leave the EU. The new British Prime Minister, Teresa May, detailed some of her plans in a … Continue reading

Outcome of the informal meeting of 27 Heads of State or Government on 16 September 2016 in Bratislava

Written by Ralf Drachenberg, The Bratislava summit was an informal meeting of Heads of State or Government of 27 Member States. Although attended by all members of the European Council other than the UK Prime Minister, it was not a meeting of that institution. Another difference from the European Council format was the absence of … Continue reading

Brexit: What next for Britain and Europe? [What Think Tanks are thinking]

Written by Marcin Grajewski, The United Kingdom’s vote on 23 June to leave the European Union has sent shockwaves through political institutions and financial markets worldwide, prompting intense debate among analysts, politicians and citizens about the long-term implications of an event already dubbed as the most important in the recent history of the EU. This note … Continue reading

Outcome of the European Council of 28 June 2016 and the informal meeting of 27 Heads of State or Government on 29 June 2016

Written by Joséphine Vanden Broucke, Ralf Drachenberg, Susanna Tenhunen and Suzana Anghel, The 28 June 2016 European Council was described by its President, Donald Tusk, as ‘very much a British European Council’. The result of the UK referendum held on 23 June 2016 – in which 51.9% of the 71.8% of the electorate who voted opted … Continue reading

UK withdrawal from the EU – Next steps

Written by Eva-Maria Poptcheva, Graphic: Christian Dietrich, The referendum held in the United Kingdom on 23 June on the question of whether to remain in, or leave, the European Union resulted in 51.9% of those voting (on a 71.8% turn-out) supporting withdrawal from the Union. Although, formally speaking, the referendum was consultative, the British Prime … Continue reading

The UK referendum [What Think Tanks are thinking]

Written by Marcin Grajewski, On Thursday 23 June, the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union in a referendum, leaving citizens, politicians and investors uncertain about the future of EU-UK relations and about the move’s long-term implications for the country concerned, the European Union as a whole and the wider world. This note offers … Continue reading

The UK’s ‘new settlement’ in the European Union: Renegotiation and referendum

Written by Eva-Maria Poptcheva and David Eatock, Following the election of a majority Conservative government in the UK general election of May 2015, the British Prime Minister, David Cameron, opened negotiations with the other EU Member States and the EU institutions to establish a ‘new settlement’ between the UK and the Union. This renegotiation, conducted … Continue reading

Outcome of the European Council of 18-19 February 2016

Written by Ralf Drachenberg and Torlach Grant The European Council meeting of 18-19 February 2016 was dominated by the negotiation of an agreement between the United Kingdom and the other 27 Member States the basis for the former’s continued membership of the European Union. The migration crisis received less attention and mainly led to calls … Continue reading

The UK ‘rebate’ on the EU budget: An explanation of the abatement and other correction mechanisms

Written by Alessandro D’Alfonso, The UK ‘abatement’, ‘rebate’ or ‘correction’ is the ad hoc mechanism that is applied to lower the UK’s contribution to the EU budget, by reimbursing 66% of the country’s budgetary imbalance (the difference between payments and receipts). In 2014, the rebate amounted to almost €6.1 billion, reducing the UK’s national contribution by … Continue reading

Article 50 TEU: Withdrawal of a Member State from the EU

Written by Eva-Maria Poptcheva The right of a Member State to withdraw from the European Union was introduced for the first time with the Lisbon Treaty; the possibility of withdrawal was highly controversial before that. Article 50 TEU does not set down any substantive conditions for a Member State to be able to exercise its … Continue reading

Differentiated integration in the European Union

Written by Aidan Christie and Giulio Sabbati, As the number of European Union Member States has increased and the competences of the Union have widened, some Member States have on occasion been exempted from joining their partners in new fields of integration. Whilst the single market and its ‘four freedoms’ remain at the heart of … Continue reading

The United Kingdom and the European Union [What Think Tanks are Thinking]

Written by Marcin Grajewski, European Union leaders meet on 18-19 February to discuss Prime Minister David Cameron’s renegotiation of the United Kingdom’s EU membership, ahead of an in-or-out referendum on the outcome. This note provides links to recent commentaries, studies, reports and books from major think tanks on Britain’s relations with the EU and renegotiation … Continue reading

Outlook for the European Council of 18-19 February 2016

Written by Ralf Drachenberg and Torlach Grant, At the 18-19 February 2016 meeting of the European Council, EU Heads of State or Government will focus on two main issues: the renegotiation of the United Kingdom’s membership of the EU and the migration crisis. With the aim of reaching an agreement at this European Council meeting, … Continue reading

The Balance of Competences Review in the United Kingdom, 2012-2014

Written by David Eatock Against a backdrop of continuing and often intense political debate in the United Kingdom about its relationship with the rest of the European Union (EU), the Coalition Agreement of May 2010, underpinning the 2010-2015 Conservative–Liberal Democrat government, stated that the new administration would ‘examine the balance of the EU’s existing competences’, … Continue reading

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