The LSE Commission on the Future of Britain in Europe aims to inform the national debate on Britain’s membership of the European Union, with high quality, evidence-based and balanced analysis. It aims to meet the public need for reliable information in the run-up to the national referendum on the renegotiated terms of Britain’s EU membership, which is to be held on Thursday 23 June 2016.
The work of the Commission is concentrated on a series of expert hearings convened by LSE academics. Participants include senior British and EU public officials, policy practitioners, academics, think tanks, journalists and business representatives. The Hearings examine: “negotiation issues”, the options for a reconfigured UK-EU relationship and the wider impact of a Brexit on the UK, as well as on the EU as a whole. Each convenor will produce a report of their hearing which will contribute to a final report setting out an overall assessment of the case for continued British EU membership or a Brexit. The final report will be published online.
The launch event of the final Commission report will take place on Tuesday 7 June from 6-7.30pm. This event is free and open to all, however a ticket is required. Copies of the summary report will be available at the event.
Furthermore, convenors have published blogs distilling the key findings from each hearing on the LSE Brexit Vote Blog. Various Commission participants have also published blogs expressing their viewpoints. All Commission related Brexit Vote blogs are available here.
Join the discussion on the future of Britain in Europe on Twitter using the hashtag: #LSEBrexitVote
Convenor: Dr Waltraud Schelkle, Associate Professor of Political Economy
Hearing blog summary by Dr Schelkle, (November 2015): 'The City and the EU: too big to stay — or too big to go?'
Hearing blog by Dr Schelkle, (January 2016): 'A double bind: Cameron urges non-discrimination in one policy area, while wanting to discriminate in another'
Hearing report by Dr Schelkle, (January 2016): 'Financial regulation and the protection of Eurozone outs'
Convenor: Dr Anne Corbett, Associate, LSE Enterprise
Hearing blog summary by Dr Corbett, (December 2015): 'Commission hearing: Just how much do British universities need the EU?'
Convenors: Dr Bob Hancké, Associate Professor of Political Economy
Dr Steve Coulter, LSE Fellow in Political Economy of Europe
Hearing blog summary by Dr Coulter, (December 2015): 'Reforming UK labour regulation – in or out of the EU – would be hard work'
Convenor: Dr Eiko Thielemann, Associate Professor of Political Science and Public Policy;
Director, LSE Migration Studies Unit (MSU)
Hearing blog summary by Dr Thielemann & Daniel Schade, (February 2016): 'Emergency brakes on migration: neither novel nor effective'
Convenor: Professor Kevin Featherstone, Head of European Institute;
Eleftherios Venizelos Professor of Contemporary Greek Studies and Professor of European Politics;
Hearing blog summary by Professor Featherstone, (February 2016): 'Waking up to a nightmare? A UK exit from the EU would be a ‘lose-lose’ for both sides'
Convenor: Dr Jo Eric Kushal Murkens, Associate Professor of Law
Hearing blog summary by Dr Murkens & Sarah Trotter (March 2016): 'Fundamental rights and fundamental fears'
Convenors: Dr Spyros Economides, Director of the Hellenic Observatory;
Associate Professor of International Relations and European Politics; Dr Mareike Kleine, Associate Professor of EU and International Politics
Hearing blog summary by Dr Economides & Julia Himmrich (May 2016): 'What price autonomy? Brexit’s effect on Britain’s soft power, trade deals and European security'
Session 1: The EU Referendum: Campaigns, Voters and the Democratic Mandate
Convenor: Professor Sara B Hobolt, Sutherland Chair in European Institutions; Deputy Head of the European Institute
Session 2: The Role of National Parliaments in the European Union
Convenor: Dr Sara Hagemann, Assistant Professor, European Institute
Hearing blog summary by Sara Hobolt & Sara Hagemann (April 2016): 'Turn out or else: do referendum campaigns actually change voters’ minds?'
Hearing blog summary by Sara Hobolt & Sara Hagemann (April 2016): 'A vote to leave the EU may have a detrimental impact on Parliament'
Convenors: Professor Tony Travers, Director of LSE London, Professor in Practice
Convenor: Professor Simon Glendinning, Professor of European Philosophy;
Director of the Forum for European Philosophy
Convenor: Professor Iain Begg, Professorial Research Fellow