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The forthcoming European Referendum will determine how the UK resolves issues of clear importance to British working people, and yet, certainly compared to the business community, the trade union movement has been relatively muted on the issue. This is perhaps surprising, since trade unions have been amongst the staunchest supporters of continued European integration, on… » read more

  Posted by History and Policy

  On Thursday 5 May, local elections to autonomous legislative bodies of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland took place, which brought many historically unprecedented results but also demonstrated the difficulties of reaching a majority in the proportional voting system. The results, despite being regional, have a significant effect on the direction of British politics as… » read more

  Posted by EUROPEUM Institute for European Policy

Forget about the economy. Britain’s referendum will be decided by concerns about sovereignty and foreigners. These are the two issues that rock the boat of European governments in the late 2010s, and that inspired the Danes to reject EU justice cooperation at a vote in December 2015. Denmark’s long history of EU-referenda tells us that… » read more

  Posted by History and Policy

Guest blog post by Adrian Harris, Director General of Orgalime, one of the biggest European trade associations. “For us there is no doubt that UK manufacturing and wider business is best served by being in the EU and by continuing to be influential in defining the future direction of the framework conditions for manufacturing companies… » read more

  Posted by The Guest Blog

In the EU referendum campaign in the UK, those in favour of remaining (Britain Stronger in Europe) issue warnings of the dire consequences of leaving, primarily economic. A number of economic forecasts are used as evidence[1]. The Brexit people (Vote Leave) assert that staying is a risk and a better world is available outside, a… » read more

  Posted by Peter Bye

I recently received a brochure from Vote Leave[i]. It says that it presents ‘5 positive reasons to Vote Leave and take back control’. How do these claims stand up? Number one is called ‘Our money, our priorities’. The brochure claims that ‘we send over £350 million to the EU every week’, or an annual figure… » read more

  Posted by Peter Bye

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