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Britain and the European Union (Politics Study Guides) by Alistair Jones

By Alistair Jones

A heritage of the ecu, its associations and regulations. topics contain: British purposes and the referendum on club; intergovernmentalism vs. supranationalism; enlargement vs. integration; public opinion at the european; and european political events. (3/1/08)

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For example, Britain held the presidency in the first half of 1998 and the second half of 2005. Assuming the rotating presidency continues, the United Kingdom will next hold the presidency in the second half of 2017, and its subsequent presidency after that will be in the first half of the year. Decision-making in the Council of Ministers can be quite complicated. Each country has a number of votes, linked to its population size. 3. Decisions are taken either through simple majorities, qualified majorities, or unanimity.

It is an indirectly elected body, comprising delegates from all member states who have been elected (or in some cases, appointed) to regional or local tiers of government. Currently there are 317 members, with each country having membership corresponding to its population size. 6. As can be seen in that table, the largest members each has twenty-four representatives; the smallest (Malta) has five. The British members of the Committee of Regions come from local government across the United Kingdom, the Scottish Parliament, the Welsh Assembly, the Northern Ireland Assembly, the Greater London Assembly, and the regional development agencies in England.

If the former label is used, then Britain is no longer a ‘reluctant European’. If the latter label is used, almost every member of the EU could be described as reluctant. Sovereignty The right of a state to pass laws within its own territory. It is suggested that EU membership undermines national sovereignty as all members have to cede a range of powers to the EU. Added to this, EU law overrides national law when the two conflict. Special relationship This term is used to describe the close relationship between the United States and Britain.

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