British Exit from the EU? Legal and Political Implications for Europe – University of Copenhagen

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British Exit from the EU? Legal and Political Implications for Europe

In 2013 the British Prime Minister promised, should his party be re-elected to Government in 2015, to put a question in the form of a referendum to the British public on the future of the UK in the European Union by 2017.

The question, "Should the United Kingdom remain a member of the European Union?" is provoking thorough public debates in some jurisdictions, yet, the full implications are yet to be wholly drawn out. Rhetoric is often churned out with claims including that EU institutions possess intruding powers in everyday life, that a United States of Europe is building, and the burden of freedom of movement are all compelling reasons for an EU at present is one that the UK should leave.

Should voters decide it is in Britain's interest to secede from the EU, it will have profound consequences for the EU itself, the Union’s institutions, and the future of the integration across the continent. All are likely to impact other member states - including Denmark - in some way, shape or form.

This seminar, organised by two research centres from the University of Copenhagen on an interdisciplinary basis, will gather key speakers to discuss the legal and political ramifications such a decision would have for all the stakeholders. This event takes place in advance of the next UK General Election scheduled for May 2015, a time when the UK's position within the wider EU will undoubtedly be a key issue.

The ensuing debate on the UK's "in or out" options, suitable for a wide audience range, will hear from prominent Danish and international experts, focusing on both the legal and political aspects of the potential exit.

Date / Time Location:
Thursday 16 April 2015. 9:00 – 14:30. Ceremonial Hall, University of Copenhagen, Frue Plads, 1168 Copenhagen K, Denmark.

Language: English.

Conditions: Whilst it is an open registered event, parts thereof may take place under Chatham House Rules.

Event poster: click here (pdf)

Registration: Attendance is free of charge, but advanced registration online will be required due to a limited amount of space. Please register here.


Session 1: Britain in the EU? General Election outcomes
9:00 – 10:30
Chairs: Holly Snaith and Graham Butler (University of Copenhagen)
Maja Kluger Rasmussen (Think Thank EUROPA)
Paul Taggart (University of Sussex)
Adam Lazowski (University of Westminster)

Coffee break
10:30 – 10:45

Session 2: Britain in the EU? Differentiated Integration
10:45 – 12:15
Chairs: Mads Christian Dagnis Jensen (Roskilde University) and Holly Snaith (University of Copenhagen)
Dirk Leuffen (University of Konstanz)
Paul James Cardwell (University of Sheffield)
Tim Oliver (London School of Economics)

12:15 – 13:00

Keynote Session 3: Ambassador talk
13:00 – 14:30
Chair: Rebecca Adler-Nissen (University of Copenhagen)
H.E. Ambassador Claus Grube (Embassy of Denmark in the United Kingdom)

Please contact Graham Butler (, Holly Snaith ( and Mads Christian Dagnis Jensen ( This event has been possible through the support from European Research at the University of Copenhagen (EURECO).