№55: Out on the Edge Instead of Here in the Middle: The Four Reasons Why Britain Can’t Resolve Its Relations with the EU Cover Image

№55: Out on the Edge Instead of Here in the Middle: The Four Reasons Why Britain Can’t Resolve Its Relations with the EU
№55: Out on the Edge Instead of Here in the Middle: The Four Reasons Why Britain Can’t Resolve Its Relations with the EU

Author(s): Roderick Parkes, Julian Rappold
Subject(s): Supranational / Global Economy, Governance, Economic policy, Government/Political systems, International relations/trade, Economic development, Geopolitics
Published by: Polski Instytut Spraw Międzynarodowych
Keywords: European Union; Great Britain; EU-British relations; economic crisis; Brexit; British EU membership referendum; geopolitics;
Summary/Abstract: Europe’s economic crisis has further damaged Britain’s already difficult relationship with the EU. While most Member States seek a deepening of Europe’s political and financial ties, London is trying to recover its scope for independent action, ordering a review of the EU’s competencies and mooting a membership referendum in 2017. The reasons are rooted in Britain’s historical experience of international relations, which persists in the thinking of the main UK-wide parties. In their understanding, Britain’s political trajectory and its geopolitical position are a boon, and not things to be modified through integration with neighbours. More than ever, London views the EU as an obstacle rather than a tool. Awareness of the UK’s specific attitude towards regionalism may offer room for compromise.

  • Page Count: 6
  • Publication Year: 2014
  • Language: English