About: UK elections

Brexit 03-12-2019

One-year EU trade deal is fantasy

Prime Minister Boris Johnson would do better to come clean with the electorate on the complexity of the task ahead of negotiating a free trade agreement with the EU, writes Michael Leigh.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.