Euroscepticism

Brits know less about the EU than anyone else

How does knowledge about the EU vary between citizens of EU Member States? Using data from Eurobarometer surveys, Simon Hix writes that respondents from the UK perform worse than citizens from any other state when asked factual questions about the EU. However, he notes that while there is a perception that providing more information about the EU to UK […]

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    David Cameron’s tactics may take the UK out of the EU, and Scotland out of the UK

David Cameron’s tactics may take the UK out of the EU, and Scotland out of the UK

This week saw the Prime Minister make a speech on Europe, followed by a letter to the President of the European Council outlining his proposals for EU reform. In light of these events, Jo Murkens explains how in trying to appease Eurosceptics but avoid being brushed off in Brussels, Cameron’s renegotiation strategy marginalises the UK and weakens the EU.

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What would UK immigration policy look like after Brexit?

What impact would Britain leaving the EU have on UK immigration policy? Jonathan Portes writes that exiting the EU would not be a magic solution to immigration problems. For a start, the UK would have to accept an exit from the single market and make alternative plans. He argues that difficult policy questions would still remain, as recent data […]

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    MPs are from Mars, peers are from Venus: Westminster and the EU

MPs are from Mars, peers are from Venus: Westminster and the EU

On the issue of Europe, the difference between the two champers of the UK parliament is wide. The House of Lords stands out for producing high-quality, in-depth and relevant reports of relevance while discussions in the House of Commons tend to be heated and ill-informed. Julie Smith examines why this is the case. 
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    The purdah controversy – setting the rules of the referendum game

The purdah controversy – setting the rules of the referendum game

The Government’s defeat in the House of Commons shows that it most likely will have to accept the purdah restrictions that it previously rejected as unworkable. Here, Sara Hobolt what purdah is and why the issue has been so controversial.

On Monday 7 September the newly elected Government suffered its first defeat in the House of Commons, losing a vote […]

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    Five minutes with Catherine de Vries: “The left is now split over whether they simply oppose the EU’s policies or oppose what the EU stands for overall”

Five minutes with Catherine de Vries: “The left is now split over whether they simply oppose the EU’s policies or oppose what the EU stands for overall”

How has opposition to the European Union changed in light of the Greek debt crisis, the UK’s planned referendum on EU membership, and the migration crisis in the Mediterranean? In an interview with EUROPP’s editor Stuart Brown, Catherine de Vries discusses the impact the UK’s referendum might have on the continent, the nature of left-wing Euroscepticism, and why immigration […]

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    Why France remains responsible for the impact on free movement of the Calais migrant crisis

Why France remains responsible for the impact on free movement of the Calais migrant crisis

Travel between France and the UK via the Channel Tunnel has suffered disruption over recent months due to the migrant crisis in Calais, but which country is legally responsible for the situation? Steve Peers writes that from a legal perspective France remains responsible for the impact on free movement, but that it makes sense for the UK government to […]

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    Push or jump? Why the UK could be facing a ‘Brexpulsion’ rather than a ‘Brexit’

Push or jump? Why the UK could be facing a ‘Brexpulsion’ rather than a ‘Brexit’

The UK’s EU referendum is likely to be heavily influenced by the extent to which David Cameron is successful in his attempt to renegotiate the country’s terms of membership. Iain Begg writes that while Cameron’s intention appears to be to gain enough from a renegotiation to win the referendum, he faces a difficult balancing act in keeping other EU […]