Europe Restructured


Owen, David

09/08/2012 | Paperback |

ISBN: 9780413777447

About Europe Restructured

This is not a book advocating British withdrawal from Europe. In Europe Restructured

David Owen lays out a blueprint for a new structure where those countries that may wish to be part of a more integrated EU/eurozone are facilitated in doing so, while those who may only want a Single Market/European Community are free to do so. He suggests building on the Single Market European Economic Area of 30 states including Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein and inviting Turkey to join. This, with Croatia joining the EU next year, would make 32 countries and some others later.

Europe Restructured recounts the key historical events in Britain’s equivocal relationship with the Common Market, European Community, and now Union, from 1962-2012 and considers how Britain’s place in the EU affects her other global foreign and defence relationships, in particular with the United States. All this leads David Owen to the conclusion that urgently in 2013, or more likely in 2015-2016, a referendum will have to be held in the UK. He wants a clear referendum choice in the UK.

Question 1:

Do you want the UK to be part of the single market in a wider European Community? Yes/No

Question 2:

Do you want the UK to remain in the European Union, keeping open the option of joining the more integrated eurozone? Yes/No


David Owen

David Owen (Lord Owen) trained and practised as a medical doctor before being elected a Labour MP in his home city of Plymouth. He served as Foreign Secretary under James Callaghan from 1977 until 1979. He co-founded and went on to lead the Social Democratic Party (SDP), and is now a Crossbencher in the Lords. Among many books, he is the author of In Sickness and In Power - Illness in Heads of Government during the last 100 years, The Hubris Syndrome, Balkan Odyssey, a powerful autobiography, Time to Declare, the updated edition of which was published as part of Politico's Great Statesmen Series in August 2009, and a poetry anthology, Seven Ages.

David Owen is the author of a number of books on political subjects including The Hubris Syndrome (Methuen) and In Sickness and In Power (Methuen), both in-depth studies of the health of leaders in governments and the impact of illness on their effectiveness in office. He served as a Labour Party Member of Parliament for twenty-six years during which time he was Health Minister (1974–76) under Harold Wilson and Foreign Secretary (1976–79) under James Callaghan. He left the Labour Party when, under Michael Foot’s leadership, it lurched too far to the left. David Owen was one of the ‘Gang of Four’ to found the Social Democratic Party in 1983, which he led on two separate occasions. In 1992 David Owen was created a Life Peer and now sits as an independent social democrat in the House of Lords. Before entering Parliament, Lord Owen trained as a medical doctor at St Thomas’s Hospital, London, where he was Clinical Neurologist and Psychiatric Registrar. He has championed the NHS throughout its existence and is now a powerful advocate for its reinstatement to its original purpose.



'Are we still a self-governing nation? How long is the list of things that British Governments cannot do unless they have permission from Brussels or the blessing of the European Courts? Even without joining the eurozone, is our independence slipping away? Asking these questions is one of the merits of Lord Owen’s Europe Restructured.'

Andreas Whittam Smith The Independent

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