The UK's relationship with Europe
John Todd has published a book on the UK's relationship with Europe. The book provides a detailed examination of three key periods of the UK-EU relationship, all the way up to Cameron's commitment to hold a referendum on EU membership.
About the book
How has the British discourse on Europe evolved over the past forty years? In this volume, John Todd analyses changes and continuities in the British discourse over three key periods: the 1975 EEC membership referendum, the 1992-3 Maastricht ratification process and the proto-referendum debates of 2013. The consistent divide between a British self and Continental other over the forty years under analysis has been strongly reinforced by the increasing prominence of anti-immigration rhetoric within the discourse.
Prime Minister David Cameron’s commitment to hold a referendum on European Union membership was a major political milestone. Todd's book sheds light on how the issues of immigration and EU membership have become increasingly intertwined, and provides timely context to the upcoming referendum and the 'Brexit' debate.
The UK’s Relationship with Europe: Struggling over Sovereignty
Palgrave Macmillan, 2016
About the author
John Todd is former student at ARENA. The book is a revised version of ARENA Report 1/15: The British Self and Continental Other