Could it be Brexpulsion rather than Brexit? (2015:18epa)


On the path towards the UK’s upcoming in-out referendum, the UK faces three dilemmas: first, they seek shallower integration at a time when their peers want to deepen it; second, the antagonism to deepening may obstruct what is considered to be necessary changes for the EU and the Eurozone to function effectively; and third, the UK’s demands may spur similar initiatives from other member states who are discontent with aspects of their membership. The author of this European Policy Analysis warns that too far-reaching demands may cause other members to conclude they are better off without the UK. The forthcoming referendum on Brexit is therefore not exclusively a choice for the British voters alone.

The publication is a part of the SIEPS research project The political system of the European Union.

Iain Begg is a Professorial Research Fellow at the European Institute, London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE).