New take on EU ins and outs

David Charter and, below, his new book
David Charter and, below, his new book

A former Aylesbury school pupil and Bucks Herald reporter has had a book looking at Britain’s EU membership published.

In ‘Au Revoir, Europe: What if Britain left the EU’, David Charter, The Times’ Berlin correspondent, discusses both what it would mean to leave the EU and stay for another 40 years.

The book covers the different relationships Britain could have with the EU, considers the possibility of repatriating more powers from Brussels to Westminster and looks at the likely impact of leaving on different areas of national life, from trade to jobs and immigration.

Mr Charter, who worked as Europe correspondent in Brussels for The Times from 2006 to 2011, said: “I do not advocate leaving or staying but analyse both. I did however find much to criticise while I was working in Brussels for five years and seeing the EU up close.

“The EU remains a mystery for most British people and I also wanted the book to shine some light on its workings beyond the ‘gravy train’ image, as well as work out why the relationship with the UK went wrong.”

A few years ago Mr Charter began to think a second referendum on Britain’s EU membership was likely in the near future, so started making notes for the book. He was commissioned to write it by Biteback publishing because the EU was becoming a hot topic in UK politics and 2013 marks the 40th anniversary of our membership.

Mr Charter was born in Aylesbury and went to Bedgrove Primary and Aylesbury Grammar School from 1979 to 1985 before working at The Herald in 1988 and 1989, joining The Times in 1995. ‘Au Revoir, Europe’ is the 45 year old’s first book and retails at £14.99.