EU Referendum


Here’s a short post to direct you towards our webpages on resources that you might find helpful in the run up to the referendum on the United Kingdom’s continued membership of the European Union.

Subject searching in our main catalogue using the following subject search terms will reveal hundreds of books on useful topics:

  • European Economic Community
  • European Union – Great Britain
  • Monetary policy – European Union countries
  • Free trade
  • Free trade – European Economic Community countries
  • Free trade – European Union countries
  • European Union countries – Foreign economic relations – United States
  • Common Agricultural Policy
  • Nationalism – European Union countries
  • Social integration – European Union countries
  • Referendum
  • Referendum – Great Britain
  • Referendum – European Union countries

If you are registered with the Library but are unable to visit our reading room between now and 23 June you can still access thousands of informative articles using our licensed digital collections.  Three online journal packages are especially good with regard to EU coverage.  These are Brill, Humanities International Complete, and JSTOR.  Try using any of the search terms above to get started with these incredible resources.

If you aren’t registered with the Library (it’s really easy to register by the way) then you can still inform yourself in detail.  This link will take you to a portal for all of the relevant EU treaties.

If the EU Referendum has whetted your appetite for European history, politics, economics, and culture, then you could continue your study using our collections in the following areas:

  • European history 1789-1945 — the development of modern nation states
  • Post-war Europe — the emergence of the EEC, Cold War Europe, the fall of the Berlin Wall, and the conflict in the former Yugoslavia
  • EU legislature and how the EU works — key policy areas such as the Common Agricultural Policy, and the development of the EU through treaties such as Maastricht and Lisbon
  • National identity — nationalism, federalism, migration, cultural difference, and otherness
  • Europe and the world — NATO, international politics, and global security
  • Economics — protectionism, free trade, the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), Europe since the 2008 economic crash, the north-south divide in Europe, and the Euro and Eurozone.

Alternatively, you could spend the time between now and 14th May (Eurovision Final) considering Joe and Jake’s chances of success.  (see  Either way, our collections can help you to learn and understand.