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UK could become an ‘EU lite’ member of bloc, suggests Franco-German report

By Lisa O'Carroll

19 Sep 2023 · 2 min read

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  1. A group of academics commissioned by France and Germany has proposed a vision of a future EU with four types of membership, including an "EU lite" for countries like the UK.

A vision of a future EU with four types of membership – including an “EU lite” for countries such as the UK – has been tabled by a group of academics commissioned by France and Germany to consider future reforms.

The proposal comes as the UK’s opposition leader, Keir Starmer, told France’s president, Emmanuel Macron, that he wanted to build an “even stronger” relationship between the two countries if he wins power at a national election pencilled in for next year.

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