Growing discontent within the European Union provides an opportunity for Cameron for reform

Recent surveys suggest that Euroscepticism in Britain is most highly associated with those identifying as English. Adam Evans argues, however, that it is important to take a broader view of public attitudes to the EU. Declining levels of confidence in the institutions and policies of the Union and the repositioning of formerly enthusiastic integrationists like the Dutch and Germans appear to offer Cameron a […]

Leaving the EU will not only fail to secure what Eurosceptics desire but would likely make the UK’s position worse

Seamus Nevin argues that the UK would still be strongly influenced by the EU even if it were to leave, contrary to what many Eurosceptics imagine. Moreover, it would find itself with much less power on the outside, which is important when considering that the EU is far from perfect and in need of reform. To ensure a bright future, the UK must be at the […]

Who makes EU policy in the Conservative party?

The EU continues to be a central issue for the Conservatives, dividing and distracting the party. Simon Usherwood argues that Cameron’s assorted pronouncements are a reflection of his need to maintain some semblance of unity, rather than any actual engagement with the issues. The sense amongst the eurosceptic backbenchers is that they have the advantage, that their course is right and that their […]

UK membership of the EU: Party competition over a low salience issue

The rise of UKIP has heightened existing tensions within the Conservative party over the EU, which the Prime Minister’s promise of a future referendum has dampened without finally resolving. However Ben Clements, Philip Lynch and Richard Whitaker argue that the available evidence shows that this is an issue of little importance to the majority of the electorate. While UKIP have been moderately successful in drawing out connections between the EU […]

Giving a voice to Eurosceptic MEPs in the European Parliament is an important part of making the integration process more legitimate

While Eurosceptic parties at the national level have received significant attention from political scientists, Euroscepticism within the EU’s own institutions has generally been overlooked. Nathalie Brack uses role theory to assess the experiences of Eurosceptic MEPs in the European Parliament, finding that they can broadly be situated into three distinct categories: absentees, public orators, and pragmatists. She argues that far from being […]

Not everyone is anti-EU: young people and the Eurosceptic vote

The prevalence of Euroscepticism within the UK electorate is widely claimed yet Stuart Fox argues that it is not borne out by the facts. The nature of such attitudes are more complex than the Europhile/Eurosceptic dichotomy suggests and their distribution of such attitudes varies across demographic groups.  Endless speculation about the rise of UKIP, the threat they pose to the chances of the Tories […]

Launching a new collaboration: Euroscepticism and the European project

Next week will see the launch of a series on euroscepticism. This series is the result of a collaboration between LSE’s British Politics and Policy and EUROPP blogs and the University of Nottingham’s Ballots & Bullets.

Euroscepticism has been a growing issue in the media with David Cameron’s recent and long-awaited speech announcing his commitment to hold a referendum on […]

February 8th, 2013|Europp, Euroscepticism|1 Comment|

The European Union Act is a good example of a bad law

Jo Murkens argues that the European Union Act of 2011 should be viewed as a failed statute. Amongst other flaws the Act does not truly empower the people and is legally inconsistent. If there was one area in which the two coalition parties needed to produce a workable agreement as a matter of priority after the May 2010 election, it was the […]

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