|Author (Person)||Pertusot, Vivien|
|Publisher||French Institute of International Relations (IFRI)|
|Series Title||IFRI Policy Papers: Notes de l'Ifri|
|Publication Date||March 2013|
|Content Type||Research Paper|
Discussions of a potential 'Brexit', the United Kingdom leaving the European Union, have sparked debate in Britain, and also across Europe, intensified by the UK veto of the 'fiscal compact' at the European Council in December 2011. What sounded like the absurd pipedream of a few hard-core eurosceptics a couple of years ago has now become a genuine possibility.
This study argues that this state of affairs does not originate from a deliberate strategy by the UK or its European partners. Rather they have set themselves on diverging paths, one leading to more integration, the other at best to the status quo – actually a form of relative disintegration – or to less integration. The more the gap widens, the less improbable a 'Brexit' appears.
|Subject Categories||Politics and International Relations|
|Subject Tags||Brexit, Single Market|
|Keywords||Brexit [Before the Referendum]
|Countries / Regions||United Kingdom|
|International Organisations||European Union [EU]|