UK and Europe - what next?

Publication type: National Institute Economic Review | Publication date: 2 Nov 2016 | Theme: Macroeconomics, UK, Europe and devolution | NIESR Author(s): JChadha | Journal: National Institute Economic Review Issue 238 | Publisher: Sage Publications, London

It is somewhat of a truism but the UK has had a difficult relationship with the European Union, and its predecessors the European Economic Community and the European Community, along many dimensions, as long-run polling data and both the announcement and result of this year’s advisory Referendum confirm. But, despite imminent exit from Union, the UK remains a European nation. So whether the country is a full member of the supranational organisation or ultimately becomes simply an observer, our relationship with Europe will continue to be a hugely significant point of departure for our external trading and political relationships. So precisely because the referendum result will allow the UK to redefine this key relationship, we are using this special issue of the Review to reconsider many of the questions to be faced in forging a new European partnership.