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Why the EU referendum will not be the end of the story

Oliver, Tim (2016) Why the EU referendum will not be the end of the story. Federal Trust for Education and Research, London, UK. ISBN 9781911234005

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The forthcoming referendum on the United Kingdom’s continued membership of the European Union will do little to change the UK’s uncertain and unhappy relationship with the Union. It will not settle what David Cameron called ‘the European Question in British politics.’ The issue of Europe in British politics is too multifaceted and shaped by factors that a referendum alone can do little or nothing fundamentally to change. As this pamphlet argues, the referendum is seen too much as an end in itself, rather than one of the means to the end of better managing the issue of Europe in British politics. There is no right question that the issue can be reduced to that can be answered in a way that will resolve it. Therefore whether the result is to remain or leave the EU, the European question will continue to cause tensions for the UK’s party politics, constitutional debates, changing identities, political economy and place within a changing Europe and wider world. It will therefore fail to secure adequate public consent for any new UK-EU relationship, will not end Euroscepticism, or stop the pull of the EU and the tensions this provokes in the UK. Whether in 2016 the British people vote to remain or leave the EU, further referendums on UK-European relations are inevitable.

Item Type: Monograph (Other)
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Additional Information: © 2016 Federal Trust for Education and Research
Subjects: J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe)
Sets: Research centres and groups > LSE IDEAS
Date Deposited: 21 Mar 2016 10:04
Last Modified: 21 Mar 2016 11:18

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