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Janet Carsten and Simon Frith

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780197265987

Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.5871/bacad/9780197265987.001.0001

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Reflections: Does Britain need the European Union? Does the European Union need Britain?

Reflections: Does Britain need the European Union? Does the European Union need Britain?

Anglo-German Foundation Lecture, Berlin read 16 September 2015

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(p.185) Reflections: Does Britain need the European Union? Does the European Union need Britain?
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British Academy Lectures 2014-15
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Helen Wallace

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British Academy
DOI:10.5871/bacad/9780197265987.003.0007

Britain has a remarkably open society, a remarkably open economy, and remarkably open institutions. British universities are full of foreign students, many from other European countries; they are full of foreign researchers and professors, again many from other European countries—indeed, something like 30% of faculty members in British universities are not British—many are talented Germans. For most purposes the British labour market is nationality blind—and that includes most of the public service. In sharp contrast, Britain is in some respects a parochial country and perhaps increasingly so. The article asks whether a sense of belonging to Europe can be developed.

Keywords:   Britain, Europe, European Union, referendum

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