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EU Referendum Series: Alternatives to EU Membership
Mon 7 March 2016, 17:30 – 19:00 GMT
The Edinburgh Europa Institute is pleased to invite you to the fourth event in its series focused on the EU referendum:
Alternatives to EU Membership
Dr Nicolas Diebold
Lecturer in WTO Law and Public Economic Law
The University of Lucerne
Dr Maria Garcia
Senior Lecturer in Politics
The University of Bath
Prof Christophe Hillion
Professor of Institutional Law in the European Union
Europa Institute · The University of Leiden
Swedish Institute of European Policy Studies
This panel discussion will explore the advantages and drawbacks of possible alternatives to EU membership, in the case of the United Kingdom leaving the European Union.
Future relations with the European Union and access to the EU single market are likely to be dominant questions in the EU referendum debate. One can conceptualise a future relationship between the EU and the UK in a number of different ways. First, there is membership of the European Free Trade Area and the European Economic Area (often dubbed the ‘Norwegian model’). Second, there is the option of negotiating a host of bilateral deals with the EU regulating access to specific areas of the single market and collaboration in other fields (the ‘Swiss model’). Third, there is the option of a bespoke 'UK deal'. Fourth, there is the negotiation of a free trade agreement with the EU. Finally, there is the option of having no deal and relying on international free trade rules (mainly the WTO agreements).
The two key substantive questions with regard to all of these models are how much easier or harder they make it for UK companies to trade in the EU, and to what extent these models allow the UK to control inward EU migration. Apart from the legal issues raised by each one these scenarios, there is the question of which deal would be politically negotiable.
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This event is free. Registration in advance required. All are welcome
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