Columbia International Affairs Online: Working Papers

CIAO DATE: 03/2009

A British Agenda for Europe: Designing Our Own Future

Stephen Wall

September 2008

Chatham House


Fifty years after the founding of the European Community, an enlarged EU has moved far away from the notions of creating some form of European super-state that have dominated the British debate over its EU policy. If anything, as the results of recent referenda on the EU in France, the Netherlands and Ireland have revealed, British scepticism towards complex institutional reforms is increasingly shared across Europe. Far from taking advantage of this pivotal moment to help drive the EU’s future development, much of the popular and political debate in Britain questions whether it is worth being a member of the EU at all.