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BREXIT: Sources of Information

August 2016

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Palace of Westminster, London
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As of mid-2016, there arenít many books about BREXIT specifically, though that is likely to change with forthcoming books including Britain and the European Union by David Gowland. However, there are general histories of the EU, books about Britainís relationship to the EU, books advocating leaving the EU, and books advocating staying. Not all of the advocacy books have been included, but we felt it was important to include a selection of books on the history of the relationship between Europe and Great Britain. Lastly, the EU also has the treaties and other documents that may be of interest.

Britain Alone! : The Implications and Consequences of United Kingdom Exit from the EU / edited by Patrick J. Birkinshaw, Andrea Biondi. Alphen aan den Rijn, The Netherlands : Wolters Kluwer : Kluwer Law International B.V., [2016] Frederick, MD : Sold and distributed in North, Central and South America by Wolters Kluwer Legal & Regulatory U.S.©2016
LC Call Number: KJE5092.G7 B748 2016
LC Catalog Record: 2016295174

This book was written before the referendum and addresses the major concerns and uncertainties associated with the referendum including: the EU and the sovereignty debate; the impact of Brexit in the devolved United Kingdom; financial and economic governance; etc.

[Britain and Europe Since 1945. Brighton, Eng., Harvester Press, 1973]
LC Call Number: HC241.25.G7 B676 2000
LC Catalog Record: 73075072

This book is a bibliographic guide for a microfiche set and is an "author, title and chronological index to British primary source material on European integration issued since 1945." There is a detailed presentation of the participating organizations including a description of their position and purpose.

Britain and European Integration, 1945-1998 : A Documentary History / edited by David Gowland and Arthur Turner. London ; New York : Routledge, 2000.
LC Call Number: HC241.25.G7 B676 2000
LC Catalog Record: 00020367

This book is a chronological presentation of events. The author has written about the events but interspersed that written account with various memoranda, draft papers, treasury papers, political position papers, and other material covering the both sides of the debate from both political parties.

Britain's Failure to Enter the European Community, 1961-63 : The Enlargement Negotiations and Crises in European, Atlantic, and Commonwealth Relations / edited by George Wilkes. London ; Portland, OR : Frank Cass, 1997.
LC Call Number: HC241.25.G7 B6914 1997
LC Catalog Record: 97001320

This book is specifically recounting the failure of Britain to enter the EEC in the early 1960's.

Britain's Future in Europe : Reform, Renegotiation, Repatriation or Secession? / edited by Michael Emerson ; contributors, Graham Avery [and twelve others]. Brussels : Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS) ; London : Rowman & Littlefield International, [2015]©2015
LC Call Number: HC240.25.G7 B7465 2015
LC Catalog Record: 2015513349
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This book takes a more pro-union position and is based in the findings of the British government's own research project, Review of the Balance of Competences between the United Kingdom and the European Union.

Butler, David and Uwe Kitzinger. The 1975 Referendum. London : Macmillan, 1976.
LC Call Number: HC241.25.G7 B77
LC Catalog Record: 76381246

The 1975 referendum was a seminal moment in the history of Britain's relationship to the EU and this book looks at that time period and does include a table presenting referendum results. There is a chronology (1946-1975) and an appendix does include reproductions of official referendum leaflets. There is a second edition of it published in 1996.

Camps, Miriam. Britain and the European Community, 1955-1963. Princeton, N.J., Princeton University Press, 1964.
LC Call Number: HC241.25.G7 C2
LC Catalog Record: 63023397

This book was published long before Great Britain joined the EEC and presents an early picture of the relationship between the country and Europe in addition to including the early developments of the EEC.

Leonard, R. L. Guide to the European Union / Dick Leonard with assistance from Leo Cendrowicz. 10th ed. London : The Economist in association with Profile Books, 2010.
LC Call Number: JN30 .L46 2010
LC Catalog Record: 2010513369
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This book has a brief history but is more devoted to understanding the structure and operations of the EU.

Liddle, Roger. The Risk of BREXIT : Britain and Europe in 2015. London ; New York : Rowman & Littlefield International, Ltd., [2015]
LC Call Number: JN238 .L53 2015b
LC Catalog Record: 2015514629
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There wasn't much time between the publication of the first edition and the second. Both books take a more pro-union position. The second edition includes a lot of newer material that charts how recent political developments have changed the debate surrounding Britain's membership in the EU.

MacShane, Denis. Brexit: How Britain Will Leave Europe. London I.B. Tauris, 2015.
LC Call Number: HC240.25.G7 M33 2015
LC Catalog Record: 2015375127

This book takes a more pro-union position written by a former European Minister before the referendum. It looks at the history of Britain's fraught relationship with Europe and how BREXIT became more likely.

Milward, Alan S. The UK and the European Community. London : Whitehall History Pub.; Portland, OR : F. Cass, 2002-
LC Call Number: HC241.25.G7 M48 2002
LC Catalog Record: 2002018817

This is continued by Volume II - The Official History of Britain and the European Community which was written by Stephen Wall.

O'Neill, Con, Sir. Britain's Entry into the European Community : Report by Sir Con O'Neill on the negotiations 1970-1972 / edited with a foreword by Sir David Hannay. London ; Portland, OR : Whitehall History Pub. in association with F. Cass, 2000.
LC Call Number: KD4015 .O545 2000
LC Catalog Record: 00043124

This book recounts the negotiations that led to Britainís entry into the EEC, as told by the bookís author, who was the British representation to the European Economic Community (1963-65) and who led the negotiations.

Origins and Evolution of the European Union / edited by Desmond Dinan. Oxford [England] ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2006.
LC Call Number: JN30 .O75 2006
LC Catalog Record:2006000904

This is a good chronological presentation of the history of the EU. There is a detailed timeline and an extended reference and index.

Review of the Balance of Competences. Presented to Parliament by the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs by Command of Her Majesty External Link External Link [PDF format: 246 KB/24 pp.]

A series of reports published from 2012-2014 that was to be an audit of what the EU does and how it affects the UK.

The Review of the Balance of Competences between the UK and the EU.
HOUSE OF LORDS: European Union Committee
12th Report of Session 2014–15
Ordered to be printed 17 March 2015 and published 25 March 2015 External Link [PDF format: 338 KB/36 pp.]
Lords Select Committee page.External Link

Reynolds, Barnabas. A Blueprint for Brexit: The Future of Global Financial Services and Markets in the UK. London : Politea, 2016. [PDF format: 1.9 MB/105 pp.]

Barnabas Reynolds, is a partner at Shearman & Sterling's and is head of their global Financial Institutions Advisory & Financial Regulatory Group. In this paper he outlines two models for the UK to leave the European Union that will insure that UK's financial services and global markets retain their standing.

Should Britain leave the EU? : An Economic Analysis of a Troubled Relationship / Patrick Minford, Professor of Economics, Cardiff Business School, Cardiff University, UK, with Sakshi Gupta, economist, Crisil, India, Vo Phuong Mai Le, Lecturer, Cardiff Business School, Cardiff University, UK, Vidya Mahambare, Associate Professor of Economics, Great Lakes Institute of Management, Chennai, India, Yongdeng Xu, Researcher, Cardiff Business School, Cardiff University, UK, in association with the Institute of Economic Affairs. Second edition. Cheltenham, UK; Northampton, MA, USA: Edward Elgar Publishing, 2015.
LC Call Number: HC240.25.G7 M56 2015
LC Catalog Record: 2015945472

This is the second edition of the book – the first was published in 2005 and it takes a more pro-exit position. This book updates the 2005 edition with reference to the referendum. The author has a web page External Link related to the first edition of book.

Wall, Stephen. The Official History of Britain and the European Community. Volume II, From rejection to referendum,1963-1975. London; New York: Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, 2013.
LC Call Number: HC240.25.G7 W35 2013
LC Catalog Record: 2012537032

This is the second volume in The Official History of Britain and the European Community, and describes the events from 1963 up until the British entry into the Common Market in 1975. Volume 1 published as: The United Kingdom and the European Community, volume 1, The rise and fall of a national strategy, 1945-1963, edited by Alan S. Milward.

Wall, Stephen. A Stranger in Europe : Britain and the EU from Thatcher to Blair. Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2008.
LC Call Number: DA45 .W255 2008
LC Catalog Record: 2008273220

This book is predominantly a look at Britain's relationship with the rest of Europe for over two decades. Mr. Wall was a British diplomat who served as Britain's ambassador to Portugal and Permanent Representative to the European Union.

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