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Tuesday, December 03, 2013

Gaming Europe's Future: First Ever Simulation of negotiations that could shape UK's European future

The year is 2017. It's time to negotiate! Will Britain achieve a new settlement in the EU, and if not, on what terms would it leave?

This is a unique chance to watch leading politicians, policymakers and experts carry out actual, real-time negotiations on the UK’s relationship with the EU – in a so-called war-game.

Check out the trailer of this unprecedented event that will take place Wednesday 11 December in London. Secure your front-row seat now and witness the future of Europe unfold.


8 comments:

christhai said...

With no exception - ALL the 'players' in this game are strongly Pro-EU.

The outcome is assured and has probably already been written.

Disgraceful.

Freedom Lover said...

Unless (i) there are genuine euro-sceptics speaking in this debate, (ii) the invoking of Article 50 is at least considered & preferably simulated, & (iii) the Norway option debated objectively, it will all be meaningless gesture politics.

We are all far past the stage of "how can we make Europe work, so that we don't have to consider such taboo topics as departure?". The choice now is between major EU reform (which neither the EU Commission, nor most of the other member states, would support), & departure - Article 50 & the required minimum 2 year negotiations period. And if we discuss Article 50, which of course we must, then we also need to consider the UK's post-EU future - & how to optimize that. Simple really - for those with the guts & determination to see it all through!

Anonymous said...

Cameron has already said that, no matter what the outcome of the alleged referendum in 2017, he will keep the UK imprisoned in the EUSSR.

this idiotic video and "gaming" is more Open Europe navel gazing.

Open Europe blog team said...

Hi Freedom Lover, Christhai,

The purpose is to be as realistic as possible (neither Pro nor Anti EU) - so two scenarios will be tested.

The first one is re-negotiation, where the politician playing the UK is a strong advocate of EU re-negotiation, making it as realistic as possible. After all, you may disagree with it, but this is what a Cameron-led government has set out to do. The very purpose is to test it.

The second scenario is based on the UK leaving the EU, and so the person playing the UK will take that as a starting point and then see what happens. So this entire session will effectively be about Article 50!

To be realistic the players playing France and the EU institutions reflect the opinions there.

So the simulation is not based on a “pro-EU” basis at all but on a realistic one to test what might happen.

Anonymous said...

it looks to be an enthralling occasion; so long as one way or other, we quit the EU - but leave most of them [choose your own names here] with a warm feeling of mutual friendship.
JMR

Steve said...

Well, irrespective of the usual "it's all an EUSSR conspiracy" stuff, I think this is quite a good idea and should at any rate be a bit of fun.

Given the UKIP crowd inhabit an alternative universe in which Bruges Group figures are accurate estimates, the Commission dictates all our laws to us, and the media are run by Europhile shills, I don't think it's possible to avoid accusations of bias. That's their problem, not Open Europe's (or anyone else's).

Anonymous said...

I see absuluty no point at all in voting OR PAYING for any UK Politician that cannot Govern this Country completely or that has to abey the orders/legislation of foreigners. Plus our own Constitution forbids expactly that.

Rik said...

Looks very simple to me.
If Cameron plays his cards right hard to see how he can lose.
As Jon indicated a few weeks ago it is a win for the UK and at worse a loss (but more likely a win as well) for the EU to come to a different set up and no exit.
EU it is a lot of uncertainty, the possibility the thing falls apart on one hand and being able renovate the EU and rejuvenate it as it really necessary on the other. Easy choice, for rational people at least.

The only thing you need is rational parties and parties that are able to technically complete a negotiation like that.
Clearly there is a lot to be done on that level.
Simply bring it to a "Harvard' model situation and things will more or less go by itself.

At the EU side it looks simply not clear with many that a UK exit will mean a drop in GDP in the remaining EU as well. Political contagion risk is another one. Fresh start of the Euro crises with international investors is again another.

As my dear friend Zhuge always says a average simple no mistake strategy will do the job. What is however of the utmost importance is proper execution thereof (including making adjustments that will undoubtedly be necessary in a rather complicated situation like this.
And both parties look very poor, with the EU even looking much worse than Cameron and Co.

Cameron has been dealt a great hand while the EU has dross. In normal circumstances that means the result is clear, but with parties that doesnot have a clue things can get very volatile with an unpredictable result.