EU Could Offer UK "Associate" Member Status
Relationship under a bit of strain recently
The UK could be offered second-class status in the EU, under a proposal from some senior politicians in Brussels.
"Associate member" status would mean the UK giving up much of its influence in the EU, the group's leader Andrew Duff told the BBC.
Mr Duff, a Lib Dem MEP, heads the Union of European Federalists, which has long pushed for more pooling of sovereignty.