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Financial centre and monetary outsider: how precarious is the UK's position in the EU?

Schelkle, Waltraud (2016) Financial centre and monetary outsider: how precarious is the UK's position in the EU? Political Quarterly, 87 (2). pp. 157-165. ISSN 0032-3179

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Abstract

The UK’s negotiating position in the area of ‘economic governance’ started from the assumption that there is a deep dividing line between insiders and outsiders of the ‘Eurozone’. To protect the outsiders, the UK government did not ask for a veto but a safeguard mechanism that can postpone a decision in the euro area. This is exactly what David Cameron achieved in the negotiations with Council President Tusk. The article explains why the UK demands were so modest. It is largely explained by the peculiar situation of the UK being the major financial centre for a currency union to which it does not belong. This means that the UK taxpayer needs protection from the City and EU membership has helped to provide this. There is not much else a UK government could ask for.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/10.1111/(IS...
Additional Information: © 2016 The Author. The Political Quarterly © The Political Quarterly Publishing Co. Ltd.
Divisions: European Institute
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HG Finance
J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe)
J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe) > JN101 Great Britain
Sets: Departments > European Institute
Date Deposited: 14 Mar 2016 09:43
Last Modified: 02 Nov 2017 13:09
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/65708

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