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  • Theresa May’s neighbours sing her praises

    News | Brexit 13-07-2016

    Jim Charlesworth has no doubts about the abilities of his local MP and neighbour Theresa May. "She will be the best prime minister this country has ever known," the 69-year-old said.

  • Top candidates to lead Britain differ on Brexit urgency

    News | Brexit 04-07-2016

    Two leading contenders to be the next British prime minister disagreed publicly on Sunday (3 July) on how quickly negotiations should be triggered to plan a departure from the European Union.

  • Theresa May launches bid to succeed David Cameron

    News | Brexit 30-06-2016

    Interior minister Theresa May vowed to unite Britain as she launched her bid to succeed David Cameron as prime minister with a letter to The Times, the newspaper reported Wednesday (30 June).

  • George Osborne: Minister of ‘fear’

    News | Brexit 28-06-2016

    Finance minister George Osborne, who ruled himself out of the race to be Britain's next premier Tuesday (28 June), played a key role in warning against Brexit, heading a campaign rivals dubbed "Project Fear".

  • John Major condemns ‘deceitful’ Brexit campaign claims

    News | Brexit 06-06-2016

    Former British Prime Minister John Major launched a blistering attack on Sunday (5 June) on fellow Conservatives campaigning for a Brexit, as rivals traded economic claims in an increasingly tight race for the 23 June vote.

  • Official campaigns for Brexit vote announced

    News | Brexit 13-04-2016

    Britain's elections watchdog named the two lead campaigns for the EU referendum on Wednesday (13 April), a status that brings higher spending limits and public funds, leaving one disappointed organisation seeking legal advice.

  • Why the UK Labour Party holds the key to Britain’s EU referendum

    Opinion | Brexit 07-04-2016

    If the latest polls are right, Britain looks increasingly likely to vote to leave the EU on 23 June. A number of polls put ‘Leave’ between two and five percentage points ahead of ‘Remain’, writes Adrian Pabst.

  • Key dates in Britain’s relationship with the EU

    News | Brexit 18-02-2016

    Prime Minister David Cameron could agree a reform package at a summit in Brussels starting Thursday (18 February), paving the way for a referendum on whether Britain should leave the European Union as early as June.

  • UK election campaign launched today, parliament dissolved

    News | Brexit 30-03-2015

    Campaigning in Britain's closest national election in decades will start today (30 March) after Queen Elizabeth dissolves parliament at Prime Minister David Cameron's behest, teeing up an unusually fraught battle to govern the €2.6 trillion economy.

  • Britain and the EU: An ever-closer union?

    Opinion | Brexit 06-05-2013

    The question of Britain in Europe has been a running sore in British public life for too long, and as such has proved a constant irritant on both sides of the Channel. It needs to be settled, writes Malcolm Rifkind.

  • Thatcher: a European legacy

     Video | Promoted content | Brexit 09-04-2013

    The UK's first female Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher died on Monday in London aged 87 after suffering a stroke. As the longest serving premier of the 20th century, she was one of the most influential and controversial political leaders Europe and the world has ever seen.
    'May I thank you for offering me this opportunity to reply. It seems to me that some people do not like me to reply quite as vigorously as they attack me. It is a reciprocal business with us, I hope it is with you', said Baroness Thatcher.

  • Europe, after the Conservative Party

    Opinion | Brexit 19-10-2012

    Margaret Thatcher, John Major and Tony Blair, whatever the other distractions of their premierships, were keen followers of the European debate. Only Gordon Brown, in the terminal stages of his decay, can be accused of such a lack of interest in matters European. David Cameron is in a league of his own, writes Tom Spencer.

  • Hague wants greater British influence in EU

    News | Brexit 02-07-2010

    Britain's new government will work to increase the country's influence in the European Union and strengthen ties with emerging economic giants Brazil, India and China, Foreign Secretary William Hague said on Thursday (1 July).

  • How the UK’s new Tory-led government sees its EU policy

    Opinion | Brexit 17-05-2010

    Although the British Conservative Party is openly critical of some aspects of the European Union, it has nevertheless made Europe free, stable and prosperous and its member states must now focus on issues such as climate change, poverty and energy security, writes William Hague, the UK's new foreign secretary, in a commentary for Europe's World.

  • Tories set for clash with EU on banking laws

    News | Brexit 12-05-2010

    A number of decisions taken on Monday (10 May) by the European Parliament's economics committee to strengthen the EU's financial supervision powers will likely rile Britain's newly-appointed Conservative-led coalition government, argue onlookers.

  • Tory MEP: Lisbon ratification can wait

    News | Brexit 16-09-2009

    The conservative group is hoping that Czech President Václav Klaus and his Polish counterpart Lech Kaczynski will not sign their Lisbon Treaty ratifications, preventing the EU's reform treaty from entering into force until the UK Tories have come into power next spring, Geoffrey van Orden, a leading Conservative MEP, told EURACTIV in an interview.

  • Tories question economic benefits of EU membership

    News | Brexit 28-08-2009

    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.

  • Tory lawmaker rocks Parliament’s Eurosceptics

    News | Brexit 15-07-2009

    British Tory MEP Edward McMillan-Scott won a vice-presidency position in the European Parliament yesterday (14 July), infuriating his political group, the European Conservatives and Reformists (ECR), which had nominated a Pole, Michal Tomasz Kaminski, as their favourite.

  • Parliament’s new anti-federalist group: A fragile coalition?

    News | EU Priorities 2020 23-06-2009

    The European Parliament's newest group, the European Conservatives and Reformists (ECR), was formally established yesterday (22 June), spearheaded by the British Conservatives. While leading Tories hailed the break-up of the EU's centre-right "federalist cartel", others warned about the group's "ideological isolationism" and limited chances of success.

  • EPP to focus on ‘greening economy’ for EU elections

    News | EU Priorities 2020 02-02-2009

    Creating new jobs and greening the economy will be among the key campaign messages of the centre-right European People's Party (EPP) for the EU elections next June, party leader Wilfried Martens said at the presentation of the EPP election manifesto on Friday (30 January).

  • UK Conservatives in the EPP-ED: Will they stay or go?

    News | EU Priorities 2020 12-01-2009

    One of the EU's most compelling political struggles is unfolding in the UK, where the Conservative party is facing an internal battle on whether the party should split from its European Parliament group, the EPP-ED, after June's European elections.

  • MEP: ‘Cameron will decide if we stay in the EPP’

    Interview | EU Priorities 2020 12-01-2009

    The UK Conservatives will increase their majority over Labour in June's European elections, and will abide by party leader David Cameron's decision on whether to pull the party out of the centre-right EPP-ED group after the ballot, Timothy Kirkhope MEP, leader of the Conservative delegation to the European Parliament, told EURACTIV in an interview.

  • Eurosceptic wins UK Conservative leadership election

    News 14-09-2001

    Eurosceptic Iain Duncan Smith has beaten the pro-Europe Ken Clarke in an election to determine who would lead the Conservative party in the UK. Mr Duncan Smith got 61% of the vote with Mr Clarke receiving 39% in the first leadership competition that party members have been allowed to decide. The Shadow cabinet that Mr Duncan Smith announced is made up overwhelmingly of eurosceptics.

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