Moored to the Continent
Future Options for Britain and the EU
By Mark Baimbridge, Philip B. Whyman, and Brian Burkitt
Is there an alternative to EU membership? What if Britain left the EU? Would it be a disastrous or liberating experience? What trade relationships could the UK forge outside the EU? How would economic and social policy be different? What are the implications for sovereignty and democracy?
This text seeks to answer these questions through exploring the future options for Britain regarding its relationship with the European Union (EU). To the British establishment it seemed obvious that joining the process towards greater European integration would reverse the UK’s post-war declining political influence and accelerate its rate of economic growth. Consequently, a recurrent theme is that UK participation in ever closer European integration is widely perceived as ‘inevitable’.
In contrast, this book both addresses and challenges this presumption by illustrating that a variety of alternative forms of relationship are feasible, together with outlining possible policy options that may compliment and enhance the consequences arising from the fundamental decision of how the UK determines its future.
- About the Author
Mark Baimbridge is senior lecturer in economics at the University of Bradford with research interests focusing on European integration (UK-EU relationship, monetary integration, enlargement, political integration).
Philip B. Whyman is professor of economics at the University of Central Lancashire with research interests focusing on European integration and progressive economic policy alternatives.
Brian Burkitt is honorary senior visiting research fellow at the University of Bradford with research interests focusing on European integration and social policy.
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