British Balance of Competence Reviews, Part II: Again, a Huge Contradiction between the Evidence and Eurosceptic Populism

EPIN Papers No. 40

24 Pages Posted: 5 Jun 2014

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Michael Emerson

Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS)

Steven Blockmans

Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS); University of Amsterdam - Amsterdam Centre for European Law and Governance

Steve Peers

Law School, University of Essex

Michael Wriglesworth

CEPS

Date Written: June 2, 2014

Abstract

The British government has undertaken further reviews of EU policies: this second round yet again reveals the huge contradiction between the evidence collected from independent stakeholders and the arguments put forward by Eurosceptic populists. Of the reviews surveyed here one group concerns competences that the UK prioritises (internal market and external trade); a second group of competences where the UK has a leading position as beneficiary or as shaper of EU policies (research, transport and environment); and a third group where the UK has secured exceptional flexibility for itself to opt in or opt out (Schengen, civil justice). These findings are deliberately ignored by Eurosceptic populists, but may, with sustained information campaigns, gradually enter into the common sense of the population, especially when confronted with the stark choice of an ‘in or out’ referendum.

Keywords: eurosceptic, British government, EU policies

Suggested Citation

Emerson, Michael and Blockmans, Steven and Peers, Steve and Wriglesworth, Michael, British Balance of Competence Reviews, Part II: Again, a Huge Contradiction between the Evidence and Eurosceptic Populism (June 2, 2014). EPIN Papers No. 40. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2445947

Michael Emerson (Contact Author)

Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS) ( email )

1 Place du Congres
Brussels, 1000
Belgium

Steven Blockmans

Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS) ( email )

1 Place du Congres, 1000
Brussels, 1000
Belgium

University of Amsterdam - Amsterdam Centre for European Law and Governance ( email )

P.O.Box 1030
Amsterdam, 1000 BA
Netherlands

Steve Peers

Law School, University of Essex ( email )

Colchester, Essex CO43SQ
United Kingdom

Michael Wriglesworth

CEPS ( email )

1 Place du Congres, 1000
Brussels, 1000
Belgium

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