“An appreciation of our differences might make an appreciation of what we can do together all the more possible.”
With the unexpected re-election of David Cameron in May, the long-discussed referendum on British membership of the European Union became a reality. Since then, a twin-track methodology has been launched: one part to negotiate with European partners, another to build a public debate in the run-up to the vote itself.
Dr Simon Usherwood is Senior Lecturer in Politics at the University of Surrey. His work on euroscepticism and on British-EU relations has been published in numerous journals and books. He blogs regularly on related questions here.
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