UK’s EU membership: Strengths Weaknesses Opportunities Threats

Voting in the EU referendum may be one of the most important political decisions in UK voters’ lifetimes. In an effort to provide a balanced and concise way for voters to assess the pros and cons of the UK’s EU membership, Professor Anand Menon, Professor of European Politics and Foreign Affairs at King’s College London and Director of the UK in a Changing Europe initiative, presents a SWOT analysis of 14 key areas of UK-EU relations.


No one said it would be easy. Whilst many people wanted a chance to vote on Britain’s EU membership, actually preparing to do so has proven rather complicated. While some bemoan the absence of facts, others note that we are inundated with reports, analyses, blogs and op-eds purporting to lay out the ‘truth’ about our relationship with the EU. It is hard to know whether the problem is too much information or too little. Continue reading