The UK government is now committed to a referendum on EU membership. Last month Patrick Overy (University of Exeter European Documentation Centre (EDC) Librarian) produced a selection of links and resources on the subject:
- Track progress of the European Union Referendum Bill 2015-16, announced in the Queen’s Speech and published on 28 May.
- Between 2012 and the end of 2014, the coalition government published a Review of the balance of competences between the EU and the UK. The 14 lengthy reports appeared with little publicity and no official summary has been published. This full briefing by the Senior European Experts attempts to fill the gap.
- A legal analysis of the ways in which treaties have been adapted in the past has been written for the European Parliament by Professor Steve Peers: Trends in differentiation of EU law and lessons for the future. He also wrote an article for the Observer this week on What will happen if the UK leaves
- The House of Commons Library has produced a detailed research paper on Exiting the EU (50p).
- Britain’s fraught relationship with Europe is analysed in a book (125p) prepared by Ireland’s leading think tank, the Institute of International and European Affairs (IIEA): Britain and Europe: the endgame – an Irish perspective.
- Jean-Claude Piris of the Fondation Robert Schuman gives a valuable analysis in this policy paper European issues no. 355
- The BBC’s guide to the UK’s planned in-out EU referendum gives brief answers to key questions.
Patrick Overy (EDC Librarian) and Subject Librarian (Business)
Forum Library, University of Exeter