A Very British Club: How the UK has built the EU since 1973 (but hasn’t realised it, yet) – University of Copenhagen

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08 June 2016

A Very British Club: How the UK has built the EU since 1973 (but hasn’t realised it, yet)

UK, BREXIT, EU, DEBATE

In a recent blog post, Professor Rebecca Adler-Nissen explores the perspectives on the British referendum on EU-membership.

In a recent blog post, Professor Rebecca Adler-Nissen explores the perspectives on the British referendum on EU-membership.

Adler-Nissen poses the question: “So why are British voters seldom told about the UK’s active role in the EU?”

She suggests the following answer: The lack of knowledge about UK’s active role in the EU can be ascribed to the role of the British media. “Few British voters get a glimpse of the EU’s engine room,” Adler-Nissen writes. Therefore, the British voters are “left with images of ‘bureaucracy’ or ‘federal state’ rather than a European diplomatic system where British leaders and representatives shape decisions on everything from free trade agreements to sanctions against Russia.”

According to Rebecca Adler-Nissen, leaving the EU will inevitably means leaving a powerful position in Europe. “If a majority of the British voters chose Brexit, the UK would say goodbye to the club where the UK has a leading voice.”

Click here to read the full blog post by Rebecca Adler-Nissen.