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The Risk of Brexit

The Risk of Brexit

Roger Liddle

05 November 2015

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The Politics of a Referendum

This is a critical time for the relationship between Britain and Europe, as politicians debate the crisis facing the European Union and Britain’s role within it. This second edition consists largely of new material that charts how recent political developments have changed the debate surrounding Britain’s membership of the EU. Following the 2015 general election and with the promise of an imminent referendum on Brexit, the book now considers:

  • How has the renegotiation agenda shifted?
  • How are EU partners responding to threats of departure from Britain?
  • What was the impact of the 2015 general election?
  • What are the politics of a referendum on membership?
  • How can a pro-European case be made?


By seeking answers to these questions, Roger Liddle assesses the impact of a series of miscalculated gambles by David Cameron and his forebears that leaves Britain teetering on the edge of an exit from the European Union.



About the Author


How We Got Here

The Remorseless Logic of Conservative Division on Europe

The Shifting Renegotiation Agenda

Gearing Up for the Renegotiation

The Impact of the 2015 General Election on the European Question

Will Britain’s EU Partners Deliver What Cameron Needs?

What Does Cameron Actually Want?

The Renegotiation Agenda

Britain No Longer Part of ‘Ever-closer Union’?

Fair Treatment between ‘Euro-ins’ and ‘Euro-outs’

A New Deal on Migration

A More Competitive EU

Prospects for the Referendum and Thereafter

The Conservative Politics of the Referendum

Corbyn and Europe

Can Cameron Win?

Will the Referendum Resolve Britain’s Europe Dilemma?


About the Author

Roger Liddle is co-chair of Policy Network and became a life peer in 2010. He was formerly Tony Blair’s special adviser on European policy and subsequently worked for three years in the European commission, first in the trade commissioner’s cabinet and then advising the president of the commission. He has been at the heart of the Europe debate for two decades, with detailed knowledge of both the politics and public policy. Roger has written extensively on European and British affairs, including The Blair Revolution (with Peter Mandelson, 1996), Global Europe, Social Europe (with Anthony Giddens and Patrick Diamond, 2006) and Beyond New Labour (with Patrick Diamond, 2009), and, most recently, The Europe Dilemma: the Drama of EU Integration (2014), as well as several other Fabian Society and Policy Network pamphlets.


The revised edition of The Risk of Brexit is now available to pre-order from Rowman & Littlefield International

This book is published by Policy Network and Rowman & Littlefield International

ISBN 9781783487196

November 2015

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