Euroscepticism has been a growing issue in the media with David Cameron’s recent and long-awaited speech announcing his commitment to hold a referendum on Britain’s EU membership should the Conservatives win the next election. Next week, we launch a collaboration between LSE’s British Politics and Policy and EUROPP blogs and the University of Nottingham’s Ballots & Bullets blog on euroscepticism and the future of the European project.
Whilst David Cameron has asserted his own commitment to staying in the EU, but with negotiated terms of membership, some in his party support leaving the EU. Our series will address Conservative euroscepticism and parliamentary rebellions with posts from Tim Bale and Philip Cowley.
As well as Conservative euroscepticism we are also seeing the rise of parties such as UKIP and far-right parties that are using an anti-EU platform from which to express their views. Matt Goodwin will examine these parties and explore the implications of their increased prominence for the broader political scene.
Alex Smith will look at the view from Scotland and what Scottish independence could mean for the country’s position in the EU.
As well as examining eursocepticism within Britain, our series will look further afield to the Nordic states (Benjamin Leruth), Greece (Kyriaki Nanou and Susannah Verney), and the US (Kelly Katrina), and also within the institutions of the EU itself (Nathalie Brack). Oliver Daddow will look in to the past to outline the history of euroscepticism in the UK.
The series will also examine a number of other interesting themes. How do young people feel about the EU (Stuart Fox)? How has the EU been portrayed in fiction (Steven Fielding)? Why has the EU been unable to effectively tackle euromyths (Simon Usherwood)? Finally, we talk to Will Hutton about the European project and its future in an increasingly uncertain world.