Fully REVISED, UPDATED and EXPANDED edition of Roger Bootle's essential text published in the run-up to the 2016 EU Referendum
'This is a credible plan for life outside Europe and deserves to be widely read' The Week - Business Books of the Year
FULLY REVISED EDITION FOR THE 2016 UK EU REFERENDUM
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.
I recommend our diplomats and ministers read this book: it will provide them with an intellectual backbone. This will be the essential vade mecum if and when a referendum campaign takes place. The part of Bootle's book in which he analyses the pros and cons of British exit from the EU will be the most influential. — Dominic Lawson, The Sunday Times
An outstanding, grown-up account of the failures of the European Union. Bootle is certainly no little Englander, but his argument is calm, conversational, rigorous and - quite remarkably for an economist - entirely free of bafflegab. Engaging and absorbing, here is an eye-opening book that will inspire you to think through the issues clearly - with- out starting a saloon-bar brawl. — The Daily Telegraph
Bootle writes with energetic prose and makes some good points. His discussion of European monetary union is cogent. The enterprise was unnecessary and it was embarked on too early and with insufficient preparation. It was an integration too far and too soon. Bootle is an accomplished economist whose The Trouble with Markets provided a penetrating analysis of the origins of the finan- cial crisis. In The Trouble with Europe, he asks what has gone wrong with the EU, suggests why reforms are unlikely to happen and maps out a fresh start for UK-EU relations. — Financial Times
Bootle is right on every count. — Larry Elliott, The Guardian
Roger Bootle perceptively analyses what is wrong with the European Union as presently constituted, both politically and economically; what reforms are needed to make it wise for the UK to remain a member; and how we can most sensibly conduct ourselves outside the EU, should those reforms not be undertaken. It is essential background read- ing for any future in/out referendum. — Rt. Hon. Nigel Lawson, former Chancellor of the Exchequer
As I have come to expect from Roger Bootle, he gets to the heart of the matter with crystal-clear analysis and punchy comment. It's the best book yet on the European Union's dysfunctionality. — Jeff Randall, Sky News business presenter
Brilliant, albeit radical solutions. One of the most thoughtful accounts that I have yet read about the European question. — Independent on Sunday
This is a credible plan for life outside Europe and deserves to be widely read. — The Week - Business Books of the Year
Roger Bootle's well-informed and rigorously-argued book brutally exposes the problems besetting Europe and Britain's position within - and conceivably outside - the European Union. It should be required reading for all those preparing to vote. — David Marsh, co-chairman of OMFIF, and author of Europe’s Deadlock
Maps out a fresh start for UK-EU relations. Bootle writes with energetic prose and makes some good points. His discussion of European monetary union is cogent. — Financial Times