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The Enforcement of EU Law and ValuesEnsuring Member States' Compliance$
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András Jakab and Dimitry Kochenov

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780198746560

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198746560.001.0001

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Inside but Out? The UK and the EU

Inside but Out? The UK and the EU

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(p.493) 28 Inside but Out? The UK and the EU
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The Enforcement of EU Law and Values
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Adam Łazowski

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198746560.003.0029

This chapter explores the UK’s relations with Europe and the political discourse dominated by the ‘inside but out’ school of thought. In this context, the chapter considers three issues: whether the UK has remained a difficult Member State all the way through, where the UK’s defiance has manifested the most, and whether it will exercise even more defiance as it leaves the EU. This chapter argues that the approach pursued by the UK authorities was to fight for its own interests in the negotiations leading up to the adoption of legal acts, be it primary or secondary legislation. Once concessions and opt-outs were secured, the UK would stop being a difficult Member State and in general terms complied with the obligations undertaken. However, the chapter also considers the implications of Brexit and how it will affect the UK’s relations with the EU afterwards.

Keywords:   United Kingdom, UK, Brexit, EU exit, EU divorce, Member State, Europe

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