A great article on what comes next for us as pro-European!!
One of the problems with political science is that publishing books and articles takes time, but events move quickly. In 2005, Stefano Bartolini wrote an influential monograph, Restructuring Europe, which argued that the ‘Europe issue’ had complicated the internal politics of Member States, but had not yet fundamentally changed party competition.
Cameron’s ‘Europe speech‘, finally delivered on 23rd January 2013, and the anaemic response of Britain’s other major parties, whose leaders ostensibly support the EU but are not willing to expend any political capital making a positive case, have finally forced the issue. Polls show that, while 40% of the British population would vote to leave the EU, 37% would vote to stay.
Britain already has an influential anti-European party, UKIP. Having, until now, benefited from the tacit (if unenthusiastic) support of the existing political elite, the pro-European lobby has had less incentive to create a formal…
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