Perspectives on the United Kingdom's Withdrawal from the European Union

Perspectives on the United Kingdom's Withdrawal from the European Union

Armağan Gözkaman (Beykent University, Turkey)
Copyright: © 2015 |Pages: 13
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-7308-3.ch004

Abstract

The European Community/Union has always been a controversial issue in the UK. At present, the probability of an in-or-out referendum makes it all the more divisive. Eurosceptics see a brighter future for their country outside the union both in political and economic terms. Pro-Europeans, on the other hand, maintain that British membership brings up benefits that outweigh the costs. Both sides have their arguments. The former seek success through social mobilizations and debates. The latter believe that the anti-EU stance may be costly in economic and political terms. Hence, the public must be convinced before the referendum – if it ever takes place.
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The Circumstances In Favor Of British Withdrawal

There are basically three pillars that fuel the Eurosceptic stance in Britain. First, the public opinion is divided over but increasingly supportive of the idea of quitting the European Union. Second, and in close connection with the previous point, social mobilizations have gained momentum especially in the last few years. Third, the debates on Brexit are held around the fears of people.

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