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Does the UK have influence in the EU legislative process?

Hix, Simon (2016) Does the UK have influence in the EU legislative process? Political Quarterly, 87 (2). pp. 200-208. ISSN 0032-3179

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Identification Number: 10.1111/1467-923X.12257


The UK has influenced some major EU policies, such as the creation of the single market and enlargement. But how influential are the UK government and British MEPs in the day-to-day EU legislative process? To answer this question, this article analyses recent data from the Council of the European Union and the European Parliament. The evidence is mixed. In the Council, in recent years the UK government has been outvoted more often than any other EU government, yet UK officials remain well connected ‘behind the scenes’. In the European Parliament, British MEPs are now more likely to be on the losing side than are the MEPs of any other member state, yet British MEPs still win key committee chairs and rapporteurships. The evidence suggests that if the UK votes to remain in the EU, Britain's political elites will need to re-engage with Brussels politics if the UK is to avoid becoming further marginalised from mainstream EU politics.

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Additional Information: © The Author 2016. The Political Quarterly © The Political Quarterly Publishing Co. Ltd.
Divisions: Government
Subjects: J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe)
J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe) > JN101 Great Britain
Sets: Departments > Government
Date Deposited: 20 Jul 2016 08:32
Last Modified: 20 May 2019 02:07

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