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Elections 06-06-2017

May under pressure over security as poll lead tightens

Prime Minister Theresa May has come under mounting pressure over security just days ahead of the UK’s general election. Her opponents say cuts she spearheaded as home secretary have left Britain more vulnerable to terrorism, after the country has been hit by three attacks in less than three months.
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Brexit 07-05-2015

The UK election: A European game changer

Whoever wins the election, neither the Scottish nor the European questions will disappear from the UK political agenda, writes Dr Malanie Sully.
Brexit 06-05-2015

How British elections represent the state of Europe

The UK election matters not because of who wins, but because of how the marginal parties will influence British strategy on Europe and the existence of the UK itself, writes George Friedman. 
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.
EU Priorities 2020 10-10-2014

EU grandees fret at 2017 triple poll in France, Germany, UK

There is a small window of opportunity to restore citizens' trust in the European Union ahead of 2017, when both France and Germany will hold general elections, and the UK is expected to have a key referendum on its membership to the EU.
Brexit 04-11-2013

Britons, MPs suffer a ‘communication deficit’ on EU affairs

The UK suffers from a communication deficit regarding its in/out referendum pledge, with parliamentarians failing to inform their electorate, who lack very basic knowledge of EU affairs, writes Resul Umit.
Brexit 01-10-2012

Cameron promises ‘to reshape Britain’s EU membership’

British Prime Minister David Cameron has indicated that Britons will be asked to consider the country’s relationship with the EU – possibly in a referendum – but not before the next general election, due in May 2015. The way forward for Britain is "less Europe, not more Europe", he said.
Brexit 25-05-2010

The Consequences of Coalition

In this exclusive commentary, Sir Stephen Wall, formerly the United Kingdom's Permanent Representative to the European Union, explains why the new coalition government in the UK faces a changing relationship with the EU.
Brexit 11-05-2010

Brussels expects little change from new UK government

A British government led but not dominated by David Cameron’s Conservatives would probably mean business as usual for the UK's dealings in Brussels, concluded a panel of experts at an election de-briefing last Friday (7 May).
Brexit 03-05-2010

Are we really seeing a Europeanisation of UK politics?

The direction of the UK's future European policy remains highly uncertain whatever the outcome of this week's general election, and although the rise of Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg may be good news for Europe, the implications for the EU of the British poll remain very much up in the air, writes Richard Youngs, director-general of Madrid-based European think-tank FRIDE, in an exclusive commentary for EURACTIV.
Public Affairs 27-04-2010

Big changes on the way after UK election?

"The demand for change and poor turnout will hit the Labour vote [...] the Conservatives will secure a small overall majority and [...] the Liberal [Democrats] will strengthen their position in the House of Commons," predicts Michael Berendt, formerly senior policy adviser at Fleishman-Hillard, in an April post on Blogactiv.
Brexit 06-04-2010

Britain heading for 6 May general election

Prime Minister Gordon Brown will this morning announce a 6 May parliamentary election in the UK, which could bring down the curtain on 13 years of rule by his Labour Party.
Brexit 05-11-2009

UK Conservatives vow to fight back after Lisbon setback

Britain's opposition Conservatives pledged on 4 November to seek the return of some powers from the European Union to Britain should they win an election expected next year, but said they were not aiming to sabotage the bloc.
Brexit 06-10-2009

Tories press Cameron to call Lisbon Treaty referendum

British opposition leader David Cameron faces dissent from many in his party who want a referendum on the European Union's Lisbon Treaty if the Conservatives win power, even if the charter is already in force.
Brexit 28-08-2009

Tories question economic benefits of EU membership

Leading Conservatives in the UK have challenged the government to justify the £6.4 billion net contribution the British exchequer will make to the EU coffers next year - a 60% rise on this year.
Brexit 27-07-2009

The UK Tories’ European policy: The road to oblivion

The tone of UK Shadow Foreign Secretary William Hague's 21 July speech to the International Institute for Strategic Studies in London "takes us back to Winston Churchill's image of Britain at the centre of three concentric circles: transatlantic, Commonwealth and European - a world that no longer exists," writes Stanley Crossick, founder of the European Policy Centre, in a July post on Blogactiv.
Brexit 25-05-2009

Eurosceptics pour scorn on ‘phantom MEPs’

A European Parliament decision to grant observer status – and full pay – to 18 of its incoming members in the next legislature has been ridiculed by British Eurosceptics, as the MEPs risk being sent home after two years if the Lisbon Treaty is rejected.
Elections 15-05-2009

British sleaze row hits Labour ahead of EU poll

British politicians across party lines have been hit by revelations about their expenses claims. But three weeks ahead of the EU elections, it is the ruling Labour party which appears to be the greatest victim of the row.
Brexit 06-05-2005

Weakened Labour wins historic third term

Labour's third consecutive victory in the UK has come at the price of a sharply reduced majority. This has sparked immediate speculation as to when Prime Minister Tony Blair may step down. 
Future EU 04-05-2005

EU debate takes backseat in UK elections

The Labour Party is aiming for a third consecutive term in power in the UK elections on 5 May. EURACTIV looks into why there has been such a lack of EU debate in the parties' election campaigns.
Brexit 04-04-2005

Conservatives and Labour tussle over idea of UK-EU renegotiation

Reacting to comments by a Conservative party shadow minister, UK Foreign Affairs Minister Jack Straw is calling on Tory leader Michael Howard to clarify the party's position if it were to fail to achieve a renegotiation.
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