UK lawyers call for restraint in EU membership debate

Author: | Published: 15 Nov 2012

Market participants expect a UK separation from the EU in the course of the next parliament. But lawyers in London have called for constraint.

A Conservative MP last month likened the UK's membership of the EU to "being shackled to a corpse", as the UK House of Commons debated the case for quitting the Union.

The Centre for European Reform (CER), a UK think tank, has said it is highly likely that UK Prime Minister David Cameron will offer a referendum on the UK's EU membership in the near future. A YouGov poll of 1637 British adults showed that 49% of voters would vote to leave the EU in a referendum.

But Shearman & Sterling's Barney Reynolds said it was entirely the wrong moment to be having such discussions.

"It's clear...