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External perspectives on the UK’s membership of the European Union: report of the hearing held on 1st March, 2016

LSE European Institute (2016) External perspectives on the UK’s membership of the European Union: report of the hearing held on 1st March, 2016. . The London School of Economics and Political Science, European Institute, London, UK.

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This is a report of the hearing that took place on Monday 25th January 2016, from 16.30-19.00hrs. This was the fifth session in the ‘LSE Commission on the future of Britain in Europe’ series. The hearing began with three keynote presentations: • Joaquin Almunia (Former VP of the European Commission; Commissioner for EMU, 2004-10; Commissioner for Competition, 2010-14), ‘What Brexit might mean from an economic perspective for the rest of the EU?’ • Dominique Moïsi (Professor, Sciences-Po; Senior Adviser, IFRI; Visiting Professor, KCL), ‘The implications of Brexit for Europe’s common foreign and security policy’. • Sara Hagemann (LSE), ‘The Effects of Brexit on EU decision-making’. A broad range of experts and practitioners were invited to participate in the discussion. These included guests with senior experience of political office; former diplomats; highlevel figures in banking, finance and trade; leaders of policy think-tanks; senior journalists; and, consultants and academics. For the discussion, we were keen to have contributions from a wide variety of EU and non-EU member states, in order to properly gauge the external perspectives on a possible ‘Brexit’ and we achieved that. As such, different shades of political opinion were also covered. We are very grateful for the expert contributions made in our discussion and for the additional papers submitted in parallel to the hearing by both participants and nonparticipants. Together, the material provided high quality evidence on which to draw conclusions. The hearing adopted the ‘Chatham House’ rule on not attributing comments to individuals in any public statement afterwards and this rule is respected here. Marion Osborne provided excellent organisational support. David Spence helped greatly with the invitation list, the wider preparation for the hearing, and comments on an earlier draft. Any remaining errors in this report are my sole responsibility.

Item Type: Monograph (Report)
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Additional Information: © 2016 The Authors
Divisions: European Institute
Subjects: J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe)
Date Deposited: 21 Jun 2016 09:32
Last Modified: 27 Oct 2021 23:05

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