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UKIP Have Won a Battle, Not the War

17 October 2014 | by

On the 10th October 2014, UKIP achieved a seat in the UK House of Commons. This feat has been the dream, indeed craving, of the party since its earliest years – one which had been denied them, until yesterday. UKIP’s victory in the European elections and its success in entering parliament have far reaching consequences […]

A Return to Pragmatism? Lord Hill announced as UK Commissioner Designate

17 July 2014 | by

British Prime Minister David Cameron has just announced Jonathan Hopkin Hill, Baron Hill of Oareford (ergo Lord Hill) as the British Commissioner designate. This nomination may prove to be the most important in UK-EU relations, and indeed in the history of the College of Commissioners, given the ever-more precarious position of the UK within the […]

Merkel in London – A Lesson in Eurorealism

17 March 2014 | by

On 27 February 2014, Angela Merkel addressed both Houses of the British Parliament before taking tea with the Queen. The visit dominated headlines in the UK, most notably The Daily Mail which ran the headline “Merkel to back PM’s bid for a new EU deal.” In the aftermath of the visit, The Telegraph declared “Angela […]

Britain in Europe: An Amputation, Prosthetic Limb or a Benign Island?

20 May 2013 | by

These are the three options open to the UK on the issue of Europe. The rise of UKIP and the Tory implosion on the topic go a long way to suggest how it may end. I offer my own theory of how events may unfold between now and this fateful referendum. It is over two […]