The UK Independence Party, the Conservatives and attitudes towards European integration in the UK

Wednesday July 3 from 12:00 to 13:15 in Lögberg 101: 

The seminar is part of the series Europe Dialogues hosted by the Institute of International Affairs

Euroscepticism has long been stronger in the United Kingdom (UK) than in most other European Union (EU) member states. Such is its current strength that significant change to the UK’s relationship with the EU now seems possible. This talk examines the growth of Euroscepticism in British politics, focusing on the UK Independence Party (UKIP) and the Conservative Party. UKIP, a populist Eurosceptic party seeking withdrawal from the EU, has recently enjoyed a surge in support and is predicted to come first in the 2014 European Parliament elections in Britain. Facing significant divisions in his party over the EU issue, Prime Minister David Cameron has promised that a Conservative government elected in 2015 would renegotiate the UK’s relationship with the EU and then hold an ‘in-out’ referendum. This talk analyses British public opinion on European integration and asks – if there is a referendum on EU membership, who would win? Finally, the topic of the talk will be discussed in relation to Icelandic politics today.

Dr. Philip Lynch is a Senior Lecturer in Politics at the University of Leicester and Dr. Richard Whitaker is a Lecturer in Politics at the University of Leicester.

Ólafur Þ. Harðarson, Professor in Politics at the University of Iceland, will moderate the event.

With the support of the EU Info Centre and a Jean Monnet grant, the Institute of International Affairs at the University of Iceland is hosting ten seminars this academic year to promote an informative debate on European integration in Iceland.