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In Europe, not ruled by Europe: Tough love between Britain and the EU by Vivien Pertusot

In Europe, not ruled by Europe: Tough love between Britain and the EU by Vivien Pertusot

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In this report, Vivien Pertusot argues that a potential “Brexit”, the United Kingdom leaving the European Union, has become a genuine possibility. He aims at better understanding the underlying reasons driving the debate as well as potential scenarios on how the situation could develop. The gap is widening between the UK and the EU and that balance was sustainable as long as the EU had little prerogatives on economic, fiscal, and monetary policies. Today, the more the Eurozone countries, and most others, get closer together, the more that balance is strained. The report explores three scenarios: Britain remaining a full member, Britain becoming an associate member, and Britain leaving the EU. The UK debate is interesting for the future of Europe, because it could act as the incubator which spreads such ideas to other parts of the Union.
In this report, Vivien Pertusot argues that a potential “Brexit”, the United Kingdom leaving the European Union, has become a genuine possibility. He aims at better understanding the underlying reasons driving the debate as well as potential scenarios on how the situation could develop. The gap is widening between the UK and the EU and that balance was sustainable as long as the EU had little prerogatives on economic, fiscal, and monetary policies. Today, the more the Eurozone countries, and most others, get closer together, the more that balance is strained. The report explores three scenarios: Britain remaining a full member, Britain becoming an associate member, and Britain leaving the EU. The UK debate is interesting for the future of Europe, because it could act as the incubator which spreads such ideas to other parts of the Union.

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Published by: IFRI on Apr 29, 2013
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In Europe, Not Ruled by Europe
Tough Love between Britain and the EU
 
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Vivien Pertusot
March 2013
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 The Institut français des relations internationales (Ifri) is a research center anda forum for debate on major international political and economic issues.Headed by Thierry de Montbrial since its founding in 1979, Ifri is a non-governmental and a non-profit organization.As an independent think tank, Ifri sets its own research agenda, publishing itsfindings regularly for a global audience.Using an interdisciplinary approach, Ifri brings together political and economicdecision-makers, researchers and internationally renowned experts to animateits debate and research activities.With offices in Paris and Brussels, Ifri stands out as one of the rare Frenchthink tanks to have positioned itself at the very heart of European debate.
The opinions expressed in this textare the responsibility of the author alone
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ISBN: 978-2-36567-147-7©All rights reserved, Ifri, 2013
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Vivien Pertusot is Head of Office in Brussels for Ifri. His researchfocuses on European affairs and European defence.He previously worked at Carnegie Europe in Brussels and as acivilian in NATO’s International Military Staff.

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