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Launched in 2015 as a joint initiative between the Centre for European Legal Studies (Faculty of Law) and the European Centre (Department of Politics and International Studies), the aim of the Network on Britain in Europe is to foster cross-disciplinary linkages and activities in the study of the UK’s relationship with Europe, with a particular focus on the changing political economy of Europe. With funding from the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, the Network is being piloted through three key engagement activities.

Britain and Europe: Political and Economic Repercussions of the Crisis

Organised by Dr Chris Bickerton from POLIS and with additional support from the ESRC initiative on The UK in a Changing Europe, the launch event held at the British Academy on 23rd June 2015 brought together experts from academia and European think-tanks to reflect on the ways in which Britain’s relationship with the EU is framed by a political and economic landscape that has been shaped by the fall out from the economic crisis of 2008 onwards. The keynote lecture was delivered by Lord Wallace of Saltire. For more information you can download an event flyer and a report of the event.

The EU and the UK Facing the Challenge of Fragmentation in a Disordered World

Drawing on a partnership between the Université Libre de Bruxelles and the University of Cambridge, and organised under the direction of Professor Mario Telò (IEE-ULB & LUISS) and Dr Julie Smith (POLIS-Cambridge) this two day conference on 11th-12 November brought together researchers from both institutions as well as stakeholders to explore the increasingly variable geometry and multi-tiered nature of Europe. For more information you can download the full programme of thematic panels.



The Single Market at 25: The Changing Political Economy of the Single Market Since 1992

The third event organized by Professor Kenneth Armstrong (Director, CELS) and held on 29-30 January 2016 focuses specifically on the European Single Market and its evolution and change since 1992. With the UK seeking to secure its membership of the Single Market whether inside or outside of the EU, the aim of this conference is to examine how ‘market membership’ has evolved from the UK’s original membership of a Common Market in 1973 through to the globally interdependent and more complex Single Market that has emerged in the 25 years since the 1992 deadline for completing the Single Market. For more information you can download the programme of speakers, and the conference abstracts.

Throughout 2016, the Network will seek to enhance and develop its activities and collaborations both within the university and beyond and to act as a key focal point for information and debate as the UK seeks a ‘new settlement’ in its relationship to the EU.

To get involved or for further information please email