With the addition of substantial new material, this new edition charts how recent political developments have changed the debate surrounding Britain’s membership of the European Union as a referendum on Brexit approaches.

Summary

This is a critical time for the relationship between Britain and Europe, as politicians debate the crisis facing the European Union and Britain’s role within it. This second edition consists largely of new material that charts how recent political developments have changed the debate surrounding Britain’s membership of the EU. Following the 2015 general election and with the promise of an imminent referendum on Brexit, the book now considers:-How has the renegotiation agenda shifted?-How are EU partners responding to threats of departure from Britain? -What was the impact of the 2015 general election? -What are the politics of a referendum on membership in 2017?- How can a pro-European case be made?By seeking answers to these questions, Roger Liddle assesses the impact of a series of miscalculated gambles by David Cameron and his forebears that leaves Britain teetering on the edge of an exit from the European Union.

Table of Contents

About the Author / Preface / How We Got Here / The Remorseless Logic of Conservative Division on Europe / The Shifting Renegotiation Agenda / Gearing Up for the Renegotiation / The Impact of the 2015 General Election on the European Question / Will Britain’s EU Partners Deliver What Cameron Needs? / What Does Cameron Actually Want? / The Renegotiation Agenda / No Longer Part of Ever Closer Union? / Fair Treatment Between the Euro-ins and Euro-outs / A New Deal On Migration / A More Competitive EU / Prospects for the Referendum and Thereafter / The Conservative Politics of the Referendum / Corbyn and Europe / Can Cameron Win a Vote to Remain? / Will the Referendum Resolve Britain’s Europe Dilemma?

Author Bio

Roger Liddle is a Labour member of the House of Lords in the United Kingdom and Co-Chair of Policy Network.