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GGP Roundtable "Troubled membership: dealing with secession from a member state and withdrawal from the EU"

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  • Mon 14 Jul 2014 08.30 - 18.30
  Add to Calendar 2014-07-14 8:30 2014-07-14 18:30 Europe/Paris GGP Roundtable "Troubled membership: dealing with secession from a member state and withdrawal from the EU"

The secession of a territory from an existing EU member state and the withdrawal of an existing member from the Union have become salient topics in the EU agenda. On the one hand, an increasingly assertive discourse and political demands for withdrawing from the EU have emerged in the UK. The current British Prime Minister has pledged that if his Conservative Party forms the government after elections in 2015, it will hold a referendum on UK membership of the Union in 2017. Withdrawal appeared in the past as a purely theoretical position but it has become currently a distinctively feasible possibility. On the other hand, claims for independence from existing EU member states have emerged and found a prominent position in the political agenda in some member states. Scotland will hold a referendum on independence on 18th September 2014 and the current government of Catalonia has scheduled its own for 9th November even though Spanish authorities consider it to be illegal. Pro-independence actors in both regions have made of their future relations with the EU a crucial element in framing the process.
This Roundtable seeks to identify a specific EU perspective on two connected themes: withdrawal and secession within the EU. The aim is to produce a joint working paper which summarises the state of the art on the issue in the EU.

Sala del Capitolo, Badia Fiesolana DD/MM/YYYY
  Sala del Capitolo, Badia Fiesolana

The secession of a territory from an existing EU member state and the withdrawal of an existing member from the Union have become salient topics in the EU agenda. On the one hand, an increasingly assertive discourse and political demands for withdrawing from the EU have emerged in the UK. The current British Prime Minister has pledged that if his Conservative Party forms the government after elections in 2015, it will hold a referendum on UK membership of the Union in 2017. Withdrawal appeared in the past as a purely theoretical position but it has become currently a distinctively feasible possibility. On the other hand, claims for independence from existing EU member states have emerged and found a prominent position in the political agenda in some member states. Scotland will hold a referendum on independence on 18th September 2014 and the current government of Catalonia has scheduled its own for 9th November even though Spanish authorities consider it to be illegal. Pro-independence actors in both regions have made of their future relations with the EU a crucial element in framing the process.
This Roundtable seeks to identify a specific EU perspective on two connected themes: withdrawal and secession within the EU. The aim is to produce a joint working paper which summarises the state of the art on the issue in the EU.


Location:
Sala del Capitolo, Badia Fiesolana

Affiliation:
Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies

Type:
Roundtable

Contact:
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Programme

Links:
GGP Website
 
 

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