Monday, January 12, 2015

Speaking event next week in Brussels.

Next week I'm speaking at a UACES run event in Brussels on the possible implications for the EU and Europe of a British exit. Details below and can be found here.

An EU without Britain: a Lesser or Stronger Europe?

Date(s) - 20/01/2015
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Location The Centre, 2nd Floor
The Centre and the University Association of Contemporary European Studies (UACES) invite you to a presentation and panel debate.
A Brexit could profoundly change the EU, Europe’s geopolitics, transatlantic relations and the study of European integration. While a British withdrawal is not inevitable, the possibility has increased and depends not only on developments in Britain but on how the rest of the EU responds to its ‘British question’. Dr Tim Oliver, lecturer at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, argues that very little analysis exists of what a Brexit could mean for the EU and what choices the EU faces. Britain’s own Brexit debate is equally oblivious to the wider implications of Britain leaving the EU.
Is a renegotiated relationship with the UK less acceptable than a Brexit? Should the EU fear or focus on the possibility of a Brexit? Can Britain use a Brexit as leverage to secure a renegotiation? Should the EU rule out a new treaty out of fear it could trigger an in-out referendum and Brexit? How might a Brexit change the geopolitics of Europe?
Dr Tim Oliver will present his research on the topic, followed by a panel discussion with:
  • György Schöpflin MEP, Member of the European Parliament Committee on Constitutional Affairs
  • Fabian Zuleeg, Chief Executive Officer at the European Policy Centre