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Opinion - Is the UK a special case? An Assessment of Prime Minister Cameron’s EU reform proposals
Prime Minister David Cameron of the United Kingdom (UK) promised to the British public to hold a referendum on the UK’s membership in the European Union (EU) by the end of 2017. To enhance the chance of a positive outcome of the ballot, the British Premier requested that the EU undertake reforms to address the concerns of British constituents over the UK membership in the bloc. The initial reactions of EU leaders appear to be positive. However, there are several risks that both sides run in accommodating the British requests. This is so because both the procedure and the political context of the UK scheme are unprecedented. The debate on the British reform proposals came at the worst moment for the EU. It would be overly optimistic to believe that the coming discourse will strengthen the organisation’s cohesion. Instead, the debate will contribute to the further disintegration of the Union.