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10 November 2015: Cameron’s Letter to Tusk on New Settlement for the UK in a reformed EU

November 10, 2015

Today, British Prime Minister David Cameron has sent a letter to President of the European Council Donald Tusk, outlining the areas where the UK is seeking reforms to address the concerns of the British people over British membership of the European Union. He also gave a speech on Europe at Chatham House, setting out the […]

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3 November 2015: Speech by Osborne on the UK relationship with the euro area

November 4, 2015

Chancellor George Osborne gave a speech in Berlin at the BDI (Germany's industry body) in which he provide more details about what the UK Government wants to see changed in the EU. This is what he had to say about fixing the relationship between the member states in the Eurozone and those outside the Eurozone: […]

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2 February: Tusk presents proposal for New Settlement UK

February 3, 2016

In an unusual display of transparency, on Tuesday 2 February President of the European Council Donald Tusk proposed a New Settlement for the UK, making it immediately available to the public. The proposal includes principles to ensure mutual respect between euro in’s and euro out’s combined with a safeguard mechanism, and recalls that as long […]

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11 February: Tusk meets key figures in UK economic governance discussion

February 11, 2016

On the second day of discussions between member state sherpa's on the proposals for a New Settlement for the UK presented on 2 February by the President of the European Council, Tusk met with Eurogroup President Jeroen Dijsselbloem, European Central Bank official Benoit Coeure and European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker to discuss the section on […]

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19 February: Heads of State and Government agree on principles governing relationship euro in’s and out’s

February 20, 2016

Following the UK's request for a New Settlement within the EU and in light of the British referendum on EU membership to be held on 23 June 2016, the Heads of State and Government during their European Council meeting of 18/19 February agreed (next to issues relating to for example social benefits and free movement, […]

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18 June: central banks ready to intervene in case of Brexit

June 18, 2016

ECB Governing Council member Ignazio Visco, and Governor of the Bank of Italy has said in an interview to Italian newspaper La Repubblica that: "A British vote in favour of leaving the European Union is the risk that worries us the most at the moment. (…) We are keeping an eye on this risk day […]

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