Troubled Membership: Dealing with Secession from a Member State and Withdrawal from the EU
35 Pages Posted: 17 Sep 2014
Date Written: September 2014
This paper summarizes the debates held at a Round Table in the European University Institute on withdrawal from the Union and secession from an EU member state. The approach is not to look at domestic debates but to seek a European view on the topic. Four issues articulated the discussion: the normative arguments for and against secession/independence within the EU, withdrawal and its effects, the effects of secession/independence for EU member states and the impact for EU citizens of both processes of withdrawal and secession. The paper seeks no final conclusion but rather it aims at conveying different standpoints on the issues.
Keywords: EU withdrawal, secession, independence, Scotland
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