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Forward or Back: The Future of European Integration and the Impossibility of the Status Quo

McCrea, R; (2017) Forward or Back: The Future of European Integration and the Impossibility of the Status Quo. European Law Journal , 23 (1-2) 10.1111/eulj.12207. Green open access

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Abstract

This article considers how the legal and political order of the EU can cope if the ‘Ever Closer Union’ envisaged by the Treaties ceases to be inevitable. In particular, it focuses on what are the likely consequences if previously successful integration mechanisms such as integration through law (including adventurous pro-integration interpretation by the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU)) and functional integration can no longer successfully push forward the integration process. It considers whether it is possible for the Union to ‘stand still’, that is, to maintain the current level of integration without either moving forward to more intensive integration or engaging in costly and disruptive disintegration. In order to substantiate this claim, the article looks at three areas, the law of citizenship, the Eurozone and the legislative structures of the Union, showing in each case that the neither the current degree of integration nor methods used in recent times to move the integration process forward provide a long term basis for policy.

Type: Article
Title: Forward or Back: The Future of European Integration and the Impossibility of the Status Quo
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1111/eulj.12207
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/eulj.12207
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: EU, Integration, Governance, European Court, Legitamacy
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of Laws
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1531095
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