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Which Options Would Be Available to the United Kingdom in Case of a Withdrawal from the EU

Jean-Claude Piris
CSF-SSSUP Working Paper No 1/2015

Before the 8th of May 2015 parliamentary elections, the British Prime Minister, David Cameron, announced the holding of a referendum on the United Kingdom (UK)'s membership of the European Union (EU) to be held before the end of 2017, should his political party remain in power. As the elections gave a majority in the House of Commons to the Conservative Party, Mr. Cameron confirmed that the referendum will be organised. At the date of writing, the Government's bill has already been approved and the question proposed to the Parliament is: "Should the United Kingdom remain a member of the European Union"; Moreover, the referendum could take place earlier than planned, possibly before the summer of 2016.

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