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Elections 09-06-2017

EU uproar growing following UK vote

From Council President Donald Tusk to European Parliament political group leaders, uproar is growing following disastrous results for UK Prime Minister Theresa May in a general election she herself triggered.

Elections 07-06-2017

The election that did not run to plan

The appalling terrorist attack in London on 3 June, following the Manchester suicide bombing last month, has added to Theresa May’s woes, writes Sir Michael Leigh.

Brexit 29-05-2017

Sturgeon: If SNP wins June election, PM May will have to grant independence vote

If the Scottish National Party wins the most seats in Scotland at the 8 June general election, Prime Minister Theresa May's refusal to agree to a second independence referendum will be unsustainable, Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said yesterday (28 May).

Brexit 19-04-2017

Five key issues as Britain heads to general election

British Prime Minister Theresa May's surprise call for a snap general election comes with the country facing a host of challenges – all closely bound up with the country's exit from the European Union.

Brexit 05-09-2016

UK to set out plans on post-Brexit ties with EU in coming week

The British government will set out in the coming week how it plans to shape its relationship with the European Union upon leaving the bloc, Prime Minister Theresa May said in an interview broadcast yesterday (4 September).

Brexit 20-07-2016

UK Labour Party rebels back single candidate to oust Corbyn

The race for control of Britain's opposition Labour Party narrowed yesterday (19 July) as lawmaker Angela Eagle withdrew, leaving incumbent Jeremy Corbyn up against Owen Smith, a challenger promising a second Brexit referendum.

Brexit 23-06-2016

A thin win of the Remain camp means Britain will remain in uncertainty for EU

If the Remain camp wins by a tiny majority – the polls show a deadlock – then the Leave camp will not let the matter stand. It will manoeuvre for another referendum down the road, writes George Friedman.

Elections 06-05-2016

Labour set to lose local elections, but win London mayoral post

The elections have been framed as a test of Corbyn's first eight months in charge of Labour after his surprise victory in an internal leadership contest last September shifted the party's political stance sharply to the left.

Elections 12-04-2016

Hoping to restore trust, Cameron tightens tax laws

British Prime Minister David Cameron said yesterday (11 April) he was tightening laws to end tax evasion without deterring "aspiration", hoping to end scrutiny of his personal wealth and restore trust in his leadership.

Elections 29-09-2015

Corbyn pledges not to impose own views on Labour

The new leader of Britain's opposition Labour Party will promise in a speech today (29 September) to make decisions by nationwide consultation - an approach critics say could cause confusion, and deepen internal divisions.

Brexit 13-05-2015

Brexit battle will be won, or lost, on the economy

The British are not emotionally attached to the European Union, so Brussels needs to show them that the EU can compete with other major economies in the run-up to the UK's referendum on its membership of the bloc. While issues like democracy, immigration and the EU budget will play a big part in the referendum campaign, it's "the economy, stupid", writes Syed Kamall.

Economy & Jobs 05-05-2015

Juncker: ‘I want a fair deal with Britain’

“Britain is not in a situation to impose its exclusive agenda (on) all the other member states of Europe,” European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said on Monday, only days before the UK holds a general election.

Brexit 04-05-2015

Anti-EU Farage faces uncertain future in UK vote

Nigel Farage has turned the UK Independence Party (UKIP) into a national force, but is battling for his future in Thursday's general election, with commentators saying he has run out of steam.

Brexit 30-04-2015

It’s a Tory! Eurosceptic UK daily gives its support to Cameron

A week ahead of the 7 May elections, Britain's best-selling newspaper, The Sun, came out in support of Prime Minister David Cameron's Conservatives citing the economy, fears about the power of Scottish nationalists and Cameron's promise of a referendum on European Union membership.

Brexit 24-04-2015

Miliband vows to end UK ‘isolationism’, attacks Cameron

British opposition leader Ed Miliband accused David Cameron's government of "small-minded isolationism" in an election campaign speech Friday (24 April), but sparked a row after suggesting that the prime minister was partly responsible for the Mediterranean migrant crisis.

Brexit 23-04-2015

British candidates embrace TTIP as ‘biggest prize’ for UK in Europe

The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) is the “biggest prize” in global trade, Labour candidate Mike Grapes said on Tuesday (21 April), echoing a widely shared view among other British political parties.

Brexit 21-04-2015

SNP manifesto: Pro-EU and no new independence vote

The Scottish National Party has unveiled their campaign manifesto, promising an alternative to austerity and reaffirming their commitment to EU membership.

Development Policy 21-04-2015

We need global MPs committed to well-spent development aid

In its election manifesto launched last week, the United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP) pledged to slash the UK’s development aid budget. We don’t need parliamentarians with this myopic mindset, writes Baroness Jenny Tonge.

Brexit 17-04-2015

Media tycoon donates £1.5 million to UKIP

British media baron Richard Desmond gifted the anti-European Union UK Independence Party £1.5 million (€1.4 million) weeks from one of the tightest elections in decades, his newspaper announced Friday.

Brexit 15-04-2015

Eyeing kingmaker role, Britain’s Liberal Democrats pitch manifesto

The Lib Dems will make their bid for a seat at the top table Wednesday (15 April) after May's national election, launching a centrist manifesto designed to win over swing voters and lay the groundwork for coalition talks. 

Brexit 14-04-2015

Deutsche Bank: Labour likely to form a government with SNP

Ahead of the 7 May election, in which Labour Party and Prime Minister David Cameron's incumbent Conservative Party are neck-and-neck in polls, Deutsche Bank said in a research note that the Labour Party is most likely be able to form the next government.

Brexit 06-04-2015

Farage predicts defections from Cameron’s Conservatives

Several lawmakers from British Prime Minister David Cameron's Conservatives will join the anti-EU UK Independence Party if he renews a coalition with the pro-EU Liberal Democrats, UKIP's leader Nigel Farage said.

Brexit 03-04-2015

Miliband edges out Cameron at UK television debate

The main television debate of Britain's national election campaign was held Thursday night (2 April). The event was staged less than six weeks before a close national election on 7 May.

Michael Emerson
Brexit 02-04-2015

What the British government should conclude from its own researches on the EU

The British government financed a massive study called ‘Balance of Competences Review’ to evaluate the country’s EU membership, but strangely, it abstained from drawing conclusions from this effort, writes Michael Emerson.