by Michael Burrage
The Handbook contains 50 short chapters covering the main issues in the EU debate. The handbook has now been published and is available here. We hope that readers will take the opportunity to comment, either to point out errors and omissions, or simply to offer a different view from that of the author. If the chapters are open to valid criticism, the author would like to know.
Part One: History
1971: Her Majesty’s Government explains why the UK should join the EEC
Labour’s re-negotiation in 1975: Real or bogus?
The 1992 Maastricht Treaty: Misjudgement or misrepresentation?
Part Two: A peculiar form of government
Flying in the face of the global principle of political legitimacy
A synthetic civil society
The chancelleries of Europe devise a government
How much legislation comes from Europe?
European government in action: five examples
Do the British have much influence?
Part Three: Finance
The European Commission power elite: pay and pensions
Cost of MEPs and MPs in 2011
Givers and takers: the European Commission’s redistribution of nine members’ contributions
EU Budget: the HM Treasury report
Mrs Thatcher’s rebate, and the cost of Mr Blair’s concession
Domestic equivalents of the direct and indirect costs
Part Four: The Common and Single Market
An overview of UK export growth since 1960
The success of the Common Market 1973-1992
The failure of the Single Market 1993-2012
What would have happened to UK exports if there had been no Single Market?
Have UK goods exporters been losing their touch?
A club of high unemployment…
…which is also distinctively severe
The slow growth of GDP and productivity in the Single Market 1993-2013
A burst of candour from European Commission staff about the failings of the Single Market
Who will measure the performance of the Single Market, how and when, and for whom?
Paradox in goods exports: non-members have been its major beneficiaries
Paradox in services: non-members have been its major beneficiaries
Why hasn’t ‘sitting round the table and helping to make the rules’ helped UK exports?
Does a Single Market in services exist?
Services exports to the EU and other markets
Part Five: Trade Agreements
The Commission as trade negotiator (I): A preference for small partner countries
The Commission as trade negotiator (II): The neglect of services
The Commission as trade negotiator (III): The sidelining of the Commonwealth
Have European Commission trade agreements in goods helped UK exports? A scorecard versus Chile, Korea, Singapore & Switzerland
The UK’s lost years of freer trade
Obstacles impeding EU service agreements
Part Six: Current debate
What does Her Majesty’s Government actually know about the impact of the EU on the UK economy?
Does the Bank of England know much more?
Has the EU’s Single Market been a magnet for foreign investors?
Why multinationals’ opinions on the EU are less than convincing
Immigration, free movement and welfare
An academic illusion: research depends on an EU ‘pot of money’
Scaremongering to keep the UK in
We have been here before!
A Financial Times editor apologises for urging entry into the euro
How difficult would it be for post-Brexit UK to replace existing EU trade agreements?
Why the UK would negotiate better services FTAs by itself
Part Seven: The future
Uncertainties of staying
Uncertainties of leaving