11 May 2015

Britain’s Political Earthquake: What aftershocks for Europe and the UK?

Michael Emerson

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In the wake of last week’s elections in Britain, Michael Emerson examines in this CEPS Commentary the implications of the astonishing results for the EU and the UK and outlines a possible reform package that David Cameron might present to the EU institutions and other member states to fulfil his pledge to achieve a “reformed EU”. He also urges the Prime Minister to consider adding a constructive component to his reform package, namely positioning the UK to act once again as a leading proponent of a more effective European foreign, security and defence policy.

Michael Emerson is Associate Senior Research Fellow at CEPS and the author of Britain’s Future in Europe: Reform, renegotiation, repatriation or secession?, CEPS Paperback, March 2015.