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Britain's EU Future

Amid a debate over the UK's future in the European Union, we've compiled a collection of resources that explore a variety of themes that run through the UK's complex relations with the EU.

Robin NiblettA More Distinctive UK Foreign Policy?
Robin Niblett writes that David Cameron has made a relatively good start in pushing forward his competitiveness agenda, but warns that he has opened a period of uncertainty about Britain's EU future. In an interview with, Dr Niblett says a 'Brixit' is unlikely. Plus, why the UK's influence in the US could be diminished if it left the EU, and how Britain can engage with a multi-tier Europe.


A First Test of the UK's Competitiveness Agenda for Europe
Robin Niblett

Britain's EU Future: Cameron's Gambit
Thomas Raines

Britain's EU Future: Asking the Right Questions
Paola Subacchi

Chatham House-YouGov Survey 2012
Figures in the survey point to uncertainties over UK public opinion on a future referendum.


Robin Niblett and Sweden's Finance Minister, Anders Borg



The Referendum on Europe: Opportunity or Threat?
Audio, Transcript, February 2013
The Rt Hon Sir John Major KG CH, President, Chatham House; British Prime Minister (1990-97) 

Britain's Future in Europe
Audio, Transcript, January 2013
Douglas Alexander MP, Shadow Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, UK

Counting the Cost: Britain's 40 Years in the EU
Audio, Transcript, Video, November 2012
Vince Cable MP, Secretary of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills
Kirsty Hughes, Chief Executive, Index on Censorship  
Malcolm Levitt, Senior Adviser, Kreab Gavin Anderson

A Vision for the UK in Europe
Audio, Video, November 2012
Nick Clegg, Deputy Prime Minister, UK

The Power of the Union: Europe, its Neighbourhood and the World
Audio, Transcript, Video, May 2012
Herman Van Rompuy, President of the European Council

From International Affairs 

Britain and Europe, Robert Cooper

Interview with Hans-Dietrich Genscher, Quentin Peel and Michael Stürmer

A High Price to Pay? Britain and the European Budget, James Spence

The City and EMU, Malcolm Levitt

The European Dividing Line in Party Politics, Julie Smith

The UK and European Defence: Leading or Leaving?, Sven Biscop

Britain, Europe and the United States: Change and Continuity, Arthur Cyr


The Chatham House-YouGov Survey 2012
Chatham House Report
Jonathan Knight, Robin Niblett and Thomas Raines, July 2012


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