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The In/Out Question: Why Britain should stay in the EU and fight to make it better
 
 

The In/Out Question: Why Britain should stay in the EU and fight to make it better [Kindle Edition]

Hugo Dixon
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Praise for The IN/OUT Question:

Boris Johnson, Mayor of London
"Hugo Dixon is the Johnnie Cochran of the European Union - he has done a superb job of defending the indefensible!"

Timothy Garton Ash, Professor of European Studies, Oxford University
"This is a crisp, pithy and very realistic account of why Britain would be mad to leave the EU – and can make it better if it stays in."

Martin Wolf, Financial Times Chief Economics Commentator
"Whether or not to stay inside the European Union is the most important decision now confronting the British people. Hugo Dixon provides a compelling analysis and a convincing answer: the UK should remain inside, while striving to make it better."

In The IN/OUT Question, top financial journalist and entrepreneur Hugo Dixon challenges the received wisdom about the EU and explains why:

• Immigration is good for Britain
• Europe is not heading towards a super-state
• We benefit hugely from the single market
• All the alternatives to EU membership are worse
• Britain has a golden opportunity to make the EU more competitive
• Now is the time to push for change. We shouldn’t wait until after the General Election.

We should fix it, not nix it.

About the Author

Hugo Dixon is a journalist, entrepreneur and budding philosopher. He worked at the Financial Times for more than a decade, including five years running the Lex Column. He then founded Breakingviews, the global financial commentary business. He is now Editor-at-Large, Reuters News, and writes a weekly column for Reuters, Breakingviews and the New York Times.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 5100 KB
  • Print Length: 136 pages
  • Publisher: Scampstonian Ltd (12 Mar 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00IZJ14YY
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #19,389 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I am a journalist, entrepreneur and philosopher. I worked at the Financial Times for more than a decade, including five years running the Lex Column. I then founded Breakingviews, the global financial commentary business. I am now Editor-at-Large, Reuters News, and write a weekly column for Reuters, Breakingviews and the international edition of the New York Times.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars All you need 11 April 2014
Format:Paperback
This is a great example of taking something complicated and making it simple without losing content. Ever wanted to know more about Britain and Europe, but had no idea where to start? Hugo Dixon has spent time absorbing a very large amount of information and boiled it down to the essentials.

This is an unashamedly optimistic book - about both Britain and Europe - but it shines a strong light on some of the things that make the EU look so bad - the often wasteful spending and the symbolic but hugely inefficient decamping of the European Parliament form Brussels hundreds of miles to Strasbourg every month, to highlight two of the most egregious examples.

If there is to be an in/out referendum, the eventual 'yes campaign' will need thousands of campaigners to go out and make the argument. They will need a crib sheet. This book would be ideal - it's honest, funny and well informed.

And our mainstream party leaders could do a lot worse then cut and paste his proposals for reform of the EU (more trade, a smarter commission, less ideological baggage...) into their own party agendas.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Unduly optimistic 1 Jun 2014
By Marty42
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I can see why this book appeals to those already committed to vote "IN" in any referendum. It is very readable and easy to understand. It makes clear the difficulties we would face in negotiating an exit and will be a useful guide on the doorsteps to those canvassing for "IN" votes. I am happy to recommend it to those people.

However, if you are genuinely undecided I would read it with caution. My reservation is that Dixon is incredibly optimistic about the possibility of reforming the EU in the way he suggests.

Firstly if you follow the proceedings in the European Parliament you are left in no doubt that pro-EU people in the UK have a different view to many continental supporters. Here the emphasis is on practical benefits - the single market, Europol, the European Patent. To leaders in the EP it is a political project with a clear aim in mind - federal union. This different perception can lead to confusion as to what is meant by reform or by democracy.

Secondly it is important to recognise that there are still major unresolved problems with the single currency; economic stagnation may stretch into the future.

Lastly it is clear that the ability of the UK to influence events has declined. With enlargement our vote counts less. Power has shifted to the EP where we have less influence and we are outside the core of the EU - the eurozone. A particular problem is that France is likely to be even more protectionist.

Whether we go or stay we face problems.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
By Danny
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The In/Out Question, by Hugo Dixon, is an excellent treatise advocating the continuing active participation of the UK in EU institutional structures, as opposed to unilateral secession from this indubitably grandiose European "Super State" project. A cursory reading of the book will reveal that the cornerstone of Mr Dixon's argument for continuation in the EU is economic considerations, and that secession from the EU would usher in a new era of economic and fiscal instability for the UK. One contention is that the UK will be denied from accessing the putative "Single Market" or that the UK's access to same will be circumscribed by unreasonable tariffs on UK exports to Continental Europe, amongst other considerations. Admittedly, endeavouring to extricate the UK from the European project would be eminently difficult, considering the vast legislative and regulatory framework that has been incorporated into British law since accession in 1973. However, an inevitable temporary shrinkage in GDP is surely a worthy price to pay for a "negotiated withdrawal" from the EU as opposed to permitting the egregious, insidious erosion of UK political and economic sovereignty. Safeguarding the UK's cultural and legal heritage, relatively robust monetary regime, common traditions and conventions is a justifiable reason in my opinion for opting for an orderly extrication from the EU rather than permitting the subsumption of the UK into a potential EU Super State with its concomitant divestiture of political and economic sovereignty as well as an ineluctable diminution in global prestige and standing. It is my considered opinion that the European project does not serve the UK's interests in the long run, irrespective of the economic considerations which will undoubtedly be bleak upon secession. Read more ›
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth a read before you vote 16 Jun 2014
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I have to say that this book made me reconsider my opinions and look at the bigger picture. It's thought provoking and well written. It should be read before you vote.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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Finally, the pro-Europe movement in the UK has been given a strong voice!

Before the publication of “The In/Out Question”, the anti-Europe voice was far more prevalent in discussions and writing about the UK’s membership of the EU. In his book, Mr Dixon has provided the most comprehensive (and convincing) reasoning to date why the UK ought to vote to stay in the EU in the event of a referendum.

The timing of this book could not have been better, just prior to the May 25th European Parliament elections in which the far-right, anti-Europe UKIP party is slated to perform strongly. The European Parliament elections have brought the UK’s referendum on EU membership into focus, and this topic promises to only become more prevalent as the referendum (slated to be held by 2017 if Prime Minister Cameron gets his druthers) gets closer.

The content of this book is just as good as the timing. Mr Dixon writes in a style that speaks to experts on the topic of the UK’s EU membership and newcomers alike. He is not ideological about the issue, readily admitting that the EU is imperfect and that the UK probably would not dramatically collapse into rubble if it were to choose to leave.

Still, Mr Dixon believes the UK should choose to remain in the EU. His argument is reasonably simple:
1. The UK benefits from EU membership
2. The UK stands to benefit even more from EU membership given potential reforms
3. The alternatives to EU membership are all worse for the UK

Mr Dixon weaves in political, social, economic, cultural and financial analysis to make these points, all expressed in an easily digestible journalistic style. “The In/Out Question” is an absolute must-read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Thorough and in depth cost-benefit analysis of the
I would recommend this book to those unsure or in need of convincing about Britain's stance considering Europe, especially with the 'in-out' referendum forthcoming. Read more
Published 2 hours ago by Matthew Addy
3.0 out of 5 stars ok
its good
Published 11 days ago by mrs buttle
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Not much, I did not already know - but still well written.
Published 15 days ago by C. Cowell
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read book.
Really enjoying this book. Arguments put forward very clearly. Very easy to read.
Published 18 days ago by Qualitycomesfirst
4.0 out of 5 stars Regardless of opinion as to whether or not Britain should ...
Regardless of opinion as to whether or not Britain should remain in Europe, Hugo Dixon's book is the only one I have read that presents a clear and logical explanation as to why we... Read more
Published 19 days ago by George
5.0 out of 5 stars MANIFESTO FOR AN ELECTION WIN
I read the book, not once , but twice.The first time I read it from cover to cover with just the occasional distraction of a cup of tea and biscuit, as I could not believe how... Read more
Published 23 days ago by Robert Naudi
5.0 out of 5 stars Very informative and well worth reading to give an insight ...
Very informative and well worth reading to give an insight into the reasons for staying in but didn't convince me one way or the other.
Published 1 month ago by Rolly
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent book
Asuperb book. Wow this was such a good book and it was extremely well researched. It was also written in simple terms that can be easily understood by all. Read more
Published 1 month ago by A. P. In Reading U.K.
4.0 out of 5 stars Easy to read.
Well presented evidence of a pro EU view point. Easy to read. A little biased towards a business pont of view of the subject - "what about the workers ?"
Published 1 month ago by Warren D
5.0 out of 5 stars Very enlightening and it is good that someone has written a book on...
Very enlightening and it is good that someone has written a book on the pros and cons of staying in Europe.
Published 1 month ago by June Walters
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