The referendum on UK membership of the European will take place on 23 June 2016. This will be the most critical vote that the British people have cast in modern times; the future welfare of the UK is at stake, as it is very existence (a vote to leave might trigger another independence referendum in Continue reading..
Not long ago, I was searching for a used copy of a particular book on eBay and happened across a seller who had one available. Clicking on the site for more details, I found that the seller – who lived on the English-Welsh border – was using eBay to share some deeply eurosceptic views.
Setting Continue reading..
As the European Parliament elections approach, it is worth pointing out some of the myths that continue to surround the debate about the EU. The cases are taken from the UK, but apply equally throughout the EU.
EUROMYTH #1: EU SPENDING
One of the most persistent myths about the EU promoted by its critics is Continue reading..
See text of my speech to Jean Monnet conference in Brussels, November 2013, on the role of academics in the debate about Europe, at http://ec.europa.eu/education/events/2013/confjm/mccormik_en.pdf
In the ongoing debate over the pros and cons of the European Union, it has become far easier to learn what is wrong with it than what is right with it. Eurosceptic parties and their leaders have made themselves well known, and the eurosceptic media make their case loudly and incessantly.
The result is a Continue reading..