Prof. M. WESTLAKE (POL) published a book on the Brexit, "Slipping Loose. The UK's Long Drift Away From the European Union"

Professor Martin WESTLAKE, Visiting Professor at the European Politics and Governance Studies Department published a new book on the Brexit, and Britain's difficult relationship with the Continent: Slipping Loose. The UK's Long Drift Away From the European Union (AgendaPublishing).

In this book, Martin WESTLAKE argues that focus on the short-term, reflex action of the Brexit vote has overshadowed a series of longer-term trends that were inexorably leading, or pushing, the UK away from full membership of the European Union. He shows that the UK was an increasingly semi-detached member, requiring ever more elaborate and ingenious fixes with opt-outs and rebates to keep its involvement in the project. Rather than a sudden, impulsive act of rejection, Brexit should be seen as having taken place over a number of years at various levels: a gradual slipping of the ties that bound the country to the European Union.

Martin WESTLAKE is Visiting Professor in Practice at the European Institute, London School of Economics, Visiting Professor at the College of Europe, Bruges, and a research fellow in the Department of International Relations at the London School of Economics. He has worked in the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, the Council of Ministers and the European Commission, with the European Parliament, and since 2003, in the European Economic and Social Committee, where he served as Secretary General from 2008 to 2013. He has published widely on European institutions and on European and UK politics, including a major political biography of Neil KINNOCK.