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Europe: Six decades of strife and controversy for UK

It's groundhog day in Britain, where the European Union is concerned. The context changes, but the basic issues do not.
Sir Stephen Wall
18 November 2014 More...

Starts: Nov 13, 2014 12:00:00 AM

The 9 November poll in Catalonia

The recent Scottish referendum set a precedent in contemporary Europe by seeking to deliver, in agreement between Westminster and Holyrood, a binding decision on Scotland's future. The 'participatory process' that took place in Catalonia on 9 November could not be more different. Why is this so, what are its consequences, and where might we be heading?
Dr Claire Colomb
Dr Uta Staiger

13 November 2014
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Starts: Nov 13, 2014 12:00:00 AM

Yes, EU immigrants do have a positive impact on public finances

The impact of immigration on Britain’s tax and welfare system is a key element in the debate over the country’s relationship with the EU. Yet contrary to received opinion, research shows that EU immigrants to the UK in fact relieve the fiscal burden on UK-born workers and contribute to the financing of public services.
5 November 2014

Prof. Christian Dustman
Dr. Tommaso Frattini
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Starts: Nov 5, 2014 12:00:00 AM

Britain & Europe resource area

3 December 2013

Topic: Britain and Europe

The relationship between Britain and Europe is a highly contested issue that dominates political and academic debates. As part of a year-long 'Britain and Europe' seminar series at UCL, which examines the relationship between the United Kingdom and both the EU and the Council of Europe, we are collating up to date information on a range of important policy issues.

We will be adding bibliographical and online resources to this page throughout the academic year 2013-14. The directory already includes pages on the EU Act 2011 and its provisions for an in-out EU referendum; the debates on Human Rights between the European Court of Human Rights and a British Bill of Rights; and the Single Market, especially liberalisation, harmonisation, mutual recognition and the balance of competences. It will eventually cover a wide range of topics, including the EU referendum, immigration, human rights, competition policy and taxation. 

The new area also houses our first policy brief on the changes brought about by the EU Act 2011, in relation to Britain’s position in and attitude towards, the European Union. It considers the referendum provisions of the EUA; referenda and UK constitutional law; and the role of referenda in democratic deliberation.