euroscepticism

Hugh Gaitskell

Labour’s Brexit brigade should not rewrite history

Greg Rosen  |  10 February 2016

One of the most famous ‘Eurosceptic’ speeches in the last century was delivered by Labour leader Hugh Gaitskell at Labour’s annual conference in October 1962, where he declared that joining the then ‘European Community’ would ‘mean the end of Britain as an independent nation-state … It means the end of a thousand years of history …

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David Cameron and Angela Merkel

Cameron should draw a line under the renegotiation as soon as possible

Roger Liddle  |  15 December 2015

This Thursday David Cameron arrives in Brussels for one of the defining meetings of his premiership. The European council is set for a full discussion of his demands for a renegotiation of Britain’s relationship with the European Union. His reputation in history almost certainly depends on the outcome. Will he be remembered as the prime …

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Boris Johnson

A real laugh

Sally Gimson  |  31 August 2015

As mayor of London Boris Johnson has been more Silvio Berlusconi than Julius Caesar, writes Sally Gimson The gods are against Boris Johnson. First, David Cameron led the Tories to an outright victory in the election in May. Then George Osborne made a grab for the centre-ground in the budget, and the crisis in the eurozone avoided …

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David Cameron

Parties at war

Richard Angell and Adam Harrison  |  29 August 2015

‘Now it’s open war’, screamed the Daily Mail headline on 18 June 2015. Not, this time, a comment on the Labour leadership race that was then getting into full swing, but the contest to come on the Treasury benches. The future race to be leader of the Conservative party, a vacancy David Cameron himself pre-announced …

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Eurosceptics are waging an organised campaign. Where’s the pro-European voice?

Rich Durber  |  12 February 2015

If there was any question as to whether a shadow European Union referendum campaign is under way, then this week confirmed it beyond all doubt. Those who favour a referendum were out in force beginning with John Longford, director general of the British Chambers of Commerce, calling for an ‘end to the uncertainty’. It is …

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Baying for Brexit

Roger Liddle  |  2 February 2015

Roger Liddle’s new book charts the return of the Conservative Euroscepticism that was just biding its time In October 2011, 81 Conservative backbenchers defied a three-line whip to vote against a referendum, a far larger rebellion than Maastricht In his first speech to Conservative party conference as leader, David Cameron could not have been more emphatic: …

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Police tape

Police weaker because of Tory spinelessness over Ukip

Steve Reed MP  |  27 October 2014

Tory panic over the United Kingdom Independence party is now so fevered they are ready to oppose anything associated with Europe, no matter how beneficial it is to the British people. That is why we are seeing rightwing Tory members of parliament demand that the government opt out of the European arrest warrant. If they …

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Douglas Carswell

Far from silly

Hopi Sen  |  28 August 2014

This August has been the serious season. Ukraine, Israel-Gaza, Isis, Syria have all reminded us of the perils of an unstable world, while domestic extremism and child abuse have forced us to think about what sort of society we are. These issues have darkened the summer, and as these are subjects that don’t respect party …

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‘Take our country back’? I’d rather take it forward

Pat McFadden MP  |  21 May 2014

However many votes the United Kingdom Independence party win in tomorrow’s European elections, what Britain has witnessed in the past few weeks is a battle between the future and the past. The reason many politicians and journalists have struggled to characterise Ukip and understand its appeal is because it is not just another political party. …

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UKIP

Ukip is not just wrong on policy

Alan Donnelly  |  21 May 2014

European and local elections are now upon us. While the ‘Europe question’ has dominated the news agenda for over a year, the elections themselves have taken a back seat. Most attention has focused on the United Kingdom Independence party rather than the European Union reform programmes of the major national parties. Even with a week …

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