As the referendum on the UK’s membership of the EU draws near, predicting the outcome remains difficult. While the potential impact of Brexit on the UK has been discussed at length, a vote to stay in the EU could have implications for the UK’s domestic political situation as well as its future relationship with the EU.
Research Officer, GEGP, Oxford
Katharina Obermeier is a Research Officer at the Global Economic Governance Programme in Oxford. She holds an MPhil in International Relations from the University of Oxford and a BA in International Relations from the University of British Columbia, Vancouver. Her research interests include the politics of international finance, the role of institutions in global governance, and regional integration. She has previously worked for Gateway House and Terre des hommes Moldova.
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