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    British attitudes towards Europe are being shaped by new ways of thinking about identity and place

British attitudes towards Europe are being shaped by new ways of thinking about identity and place

The British population’s views of Europe are shaped by new ways of thinking about identity and place, often prompted by engagements with other people and culture. Unfortunately for the pro-Europe camp, large numbers remain pessimistic and see disengagement as the answer, argues Michael Skey.

Britain and Euroscepticism seem to go together like fish and chips. Polling data consistently show that Britain is the […]

Londoners are not little Englanders

Euroscepticism is far stronger in other areas of the UK, especially in areas of England, than it is in London. London’s economy, population and politics offer immediate reasons for this more comfortable view of the EU. The views held by Londoners of the EU should remind us that labelling the UK, or England, as ‘Eurosceptic’ overlooks how views of […]

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    The UK’s opposition to the EU is driven by a lack of information and undirected hostility

The UK’s opposition to the EU is driven by a lack of information and undirected hostility

The UK has always had a contentious relationship with the European Union. John McCormick argues that this relationship has been hampered by popular misunderstandings, driven by a lack of credible information and general hostility towards European integration. He suggests that more attention should be paid to the positive aspects of EU membership and that academics should contribute more to public […]

March 8th, 2014|Europp|1 Comment|

The political opportunity space has widened since David Cameron set out to ‘detoxify’ the Tories, aiding the rise of UKIP

A theoretical model formulated by Renee Buhr examines the opportunity space provided to extremist parties in gaining votes. In 2005, The Conservative Party’s decision to back away from a stridently anti-integration and right-wing position may have opened a space for UKIP to exploit, and the party has done so successfully. Does this mean that the Conservative Party needs to move rightward […]

The strength of an individual’s national identity is the most important indicator of Euroscepticism

Which groups of citizens are most likely to have scepticism toward European integration? Marijn van Klingeren and Hajo Boomgaarden write that in the early years of studies on Euroscepticism explanations tended to focus on ‘hard’ factors such as citizens’ economic status. Taking issue with this approach, they argue that an individual’s national identity is more important than economic status for […]

February 15th, 2014|Europp|0 Comments|

While there are differences, there are also important similarities between the profiles of UKIP and BNP’s respective support bases

While UKIP has seen a rise in support, another party on the right, the BNP, have witnessed a dramatic decline. Heinz Brandenburg and Anders Widfeldt studied the similarities and differences between the UKIP and BNP support bases, finding that BNP fits the electoral profile of a radical right party better than UKIP in some ways; for instance, support for BNP is […]

Consent of a majority of the rest of the EU will be needed if there is to be a new UK-EU relationship

The only place in the EU where the issues that might arise from a UK renegotiation or withdrawal are being debated in any detail is in the UK itself. But any change in the relationship will have an impact on all member states. Tim Oliver and John Bruton write that it is therefore not simply about what Britain wants from its relationship with the […]

January 16th, 2014|John Bruton, Tim Oliver|1 Comment|

From British Euroscepticism to Euroscepticism in Britain: Anti-EU sentiment is much stronger among those with a more exclusive English sense of national identity

Looking at data showing voting intentions for an in/out EU referendum coupled with self-described national identity, Richard Wyn Jones finds that England is the most Eurosceptic part of Britain and the English the most Eurosceptic national group. In England, those with a more exclusively British sense of national identity are in fact the most pro-European and UKIP is concentrated among those with the most […]

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