Britain and EU reform

EU Law Professor at UCL and co-initiator of the Britain & Europe project Piet Eeckhout revisits the question of EU reform, including different options for and legal as well as political constraints of such reform. He also makes a particular plea for the UK to not neglect Eurozone governance arrangements.

This blog is devoted to the Britain & Europe question, which gained political prominence as a result of the Prime Minister’s promise of seeking substantial EU reform, and of organising an in-out EU referendum, all by 2017. The concept of “EU reform” is a difficult object of academic study, because all political stakeholders appear to agree that it is needed, but few have spelled out what exactly it is about the EU that requires reform. That includes the Prime Minister, who has been vague on the matter, except for a recent speech on immigration. On the eve of the first Policy Panel of the Britain & Europe project –which will consider possible pathways to EU reform– it may be interesting to offer some further reflections on this elusive concept.

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