A not so awkward partner: the UK has been a champion of many causes in the EU

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Series Details 15.04.16
Publication Date 15/04/2016
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Britain’s difficult relationship with its European partners has led often to it being described as ‘an awkward partner’, a term popularised by Stephen George’s 1990 book on UK-EU relations. But people often misquote George by calling Britain ‘the’ awkward partner. As Oliver Daddow and Tim Oliver argue, Britain is not the only awkward member of the EU. They do not deny that Britain can be more awkward than most, but we should not overlook the fact that other member states have also been awkward and that Britain’s relationship with the EU has often led to positive outcomes for both.

Source Link http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/brexitvote/2016/04/15/a-not-so-awkward-partner-the-uk-has-been-a-champion-of-many-causes-in-the-eu/
Related Links
ESO: In Focus: Brexit - The United Kingdom and the European Union http://www.europeansources.info/record/brexit-the-united-kingdom-and-the-european-union/
Blog: The UK in a Changing Europe, 28.04.16: A not so awkward partner: why the UK has done more for the EU than we think http://ukandeu.ac.uk/a-not-so-awkward-partner-why-the-uk-has-done-more-for-the-eu-than-we-think/

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