The Trouble with Europe: Why the EU isn't Working, How it Can be Reformed, What Could Take its Place

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Quercus, May 5, 2016 - Political Science - 228 pages
'This is a credible plan for life outside Europe and deserves to be widely read' The Week - Business Books of the Year


The EU hasn't delivered the prosperity and growth it promised; the euro has turned out to be a disaster; and the EU's share of world GDP is set to fall sharply.

Moreover, no one is clear what the EU is for, or how 'ever closer union' can be matched with expanding borders and huge disparities of income and culture. The EU is the most important thing that stands between Europe and success.

Outside the EU, the UK could thrive, shorn of the EU's regulatory burden and free to develop close trading links with everyone - a truly global Britain. Moreover, BREXIT could provide the spur for the EU either to reform or break up. The UK can lead the way to a better Europe.

This updated and expanded Third edition of Roger Bootle's critically acclaimed book includes further material on European reform, mass migration and a major new chapter on the UK referendum and its consequences.

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Rare that a book changes your mind. Perhaps that's going too far: it has consolidated an intuition that I suppose i've had for a long time, that the European Union is bad news, not just for Britain ... Read full review

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About the author (2016)

One of Britain's best-known economists, Roger Bootle runs Capital Economics, Europe's largest macroeconomics consultancy, which he founded. Roger appears frequently on television and radio and is also a regular columnist for The Daily Telegraph. In the Comment Awards 2012 he was named Economics Commentator of the year. He is the author of widely acclaimed books including - The Trouble with Markets, Money for Nothing and The Death of Inflation. Roger is also a Specialist Adviser to the House of Commons Treasury Committee. He was one of the previous Conservative government's 'Wise Men'. In July 2012, Roger and a team from Capital Economics won the prestigious Wolfson Economics Prize.

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