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The Risk of Brexit

The Risk of Brexit

Roger Liddle

15 January 2015

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Britain and Europe in 2015

This is a critical time for the relationship between Britain and Europe, as politicians debate the balance of competencies between governance at EU and national levels. Charting how recent political developments have changed the debate surrounding Britain’s membership of the European Union, this book poses a series of questions about how this debate will unfold over the course of the coming months and years:

  • How has the renegotiation agenda shifted?
  • How will EU partners respond to threats of departure from Britain? $0What is the impact of the rise of rightwing parties like Ukip?
  • What will the 2015 general election and its highly unpredictable outcome change?
  • What are the politics of a referendum on membership in 2017?

By seeking answers to these questions, Roger Liddle assesses whether a series of miscalculated gambles by David Cameron and his forebears have left Britain teetering on the edge of Brexit.


Roger Liddle
is 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 Risk of Brexit is now available to purchase from Rowman & Littlefield International
This book is published by Policy Network and Rowman & Littlefield International
ISBN 9780992870553
January 2015

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