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British to vote on EU exit

British Prime Minister David Cameron can now govern without a coalition partner. He plans to honour his promise to let the British vote on a Brexit in 2017. What consequences will this have for the UK - and Europe?

The Independent - United Kingdom | Wednesday, 6. January 2016

Cameron's latest move makes Brexit more likely

British Prime Minister David Cameron announced on Tuesday that he is leaving it to the members of his cabinet to decide for themselves whether to campaign for or against leaving the EU ahead of the Brexit referendum. This strengthens the EU opponents' hand, the centre-left daily The Independent criticises: » more

The Sunday Times - United Kingdom | Sunday, 3. January 2016

A decisive year for London and Cameron

With the Brexit referendum looming 2016 will be a decisive year for the British and their prime minister David Cameron, the conservative Sunday Times predicts: » more

Financial Times - United Kingdom | Sunday, 20. December 2015

British have the chance to take the lead in EU

British Prime Minister David Cameron's proposal for limiting social welfare benefits for non-EU citizens was rejected at the EU summit on Thursday. To encourage people to vote against a Brexit the advocates of the EU in the UK should stress the new opportunities it offers, writes the liberal daily the Financial Times: » more

Deutsche Welle - Romania | Thursday, 10. December 2015

Cameron breathing new life into musty EU

British Prime Minister David Cameron visited Bucharest and Warsaw on Wednesday and Thursday as part of his European campaign tour for a reform of the EU treaties. His tour is giving the EU fresh impetus, the Romanian service of the German broadcaster Deutsche Welle writes: » more

Karjalainen - Finland | Thursday, 12. November 2015

EU referendum puts Cameron in a tight spot

British Prime Minister David Cameron on Tuesday presented his conditions for Britain staying in the EU. Cameron has put himself in a difficult position, the liberal daily Karjalainen comments: » more

Main focus of Wednesday, 11. November 2015

Cameron presents demands to EU

David Cameron presented on Tuesday in London the reforms that he proposes as conditions for the UK remaining in the EU. The EU must not ... » more

Avvenire - Italy | Wednesday, 11. November 2015

The distinctive British sense of humour

Cameron has dictated the rules to the EU with typical British humour, the Catholic daily Avvenire comments: » more

Tages-Anzeiger - Switzerland | Wednesday, 11. November 2015

Cameron pushing for diverse forms of cooperation

The British prime minister's demands for EU reforms open up new opportunities for non-members like Switzerland, writes the centre-left daily Tages-Anzeiger: » more

Financial Times - United Kingdom | Tuesday, 10. November 2015

Both sides must be willing to compromise

The EU should meet Cameron half-way on the topic of migrant workers' rights if it wants to prevent a Brexit, the liberal business paper Financial Times urges: » more

The Irish Independent - Ireland | Monday, 9. November 2015

Cameron's EU reforms already partial reality

British Prime Minister David Cameron will present a proposal to EU Council President Donald Tusk today in which he stipulates various reforms as conditions for Britain staying in the EU. An agreement should be possible, the conservative daily The Irish Independent comments: » more

Main focus of Wednesday, 4. November 2015

Brexit: London sets conditions

During his visit to Berlin Britain's Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne has called for EU reforms to stave off a Brexit. Some commentators advise ... » more

Il Sole 24 Ore - Italy | Wednesday, 4. November 2015

Keep Britain happy with concessions

London is using its EU partners' fear of a Brexit to push through its demands, the liberal business paper Il Sole 24 Ore concludes, and urges the Union to prevent this with well reflected measures: » more

The Daily Telegraph - United Kingdom | Tuesday, 3. November 2015

Promises alone won't stave off Brexit

The British chancellor of the exchequer's demands that the UK must not bear the cost of bailing out Eurozone countries and that the UK must be given more leeway within the EU are to be welcomed but the conservative paper The Daily Telegraph doubts that they are practicable: » more

Neue Zürcher Zeitung - Switzerland | Wednesday, 4. November 2015

London wants nothing to do with EU's crises

The British government wants to leave Europe to cope with all its crises on its own, the centre-right Neue Zürcher Zeitung complains: » more

The Guardian - United Kingdom | Tuesday, 27. October 2015

Brexit: Norwegian model not suitable for Britain

Some British Eurosceptics are calling for a 'Norwegian solution' for the UK, meaning access to the Single Market without EU membership. That would only be disadvantageous for the British, former Norwegian foreign minister Espen Barth Eide writes in the centre-left daily The Guardian: » more

The Daily Telegraph - United Kingdom | Monday, 10. August 2015

Commonwealth vote swings Brexit balance

The 900,000 or so Commonwealth citizens living in Britain will be allowed to vote in the EU referendum planned by the government for 2017. EU supporters and critics will have to rethink their positions when addressing this group, the conservative paper The Daily Telegraph points out: » more

Blog EUROPP - United Kingdom | Thursday, 9. July 2015

Brexit referendum won't end debate

The referendum in Greece is a lesson for the upcoming vote on a Brexit because regardless of its outcome it won't bring any improvements either, political scientist Richard Rose writes on the blog EUROPP: » more

The Guardian - United Kingdom | Thursday, 25. June 2015

Queen a role model for British EU supporters

Queen Elizabeth II warned of the consequences of a divided Europe at a state banquet on Monday evening in Berlin. This has made her a role model for those in the UK who are for the EU, the centre-left daily The Guardian writes approvingly: » more

The Irish Independent - Ireland | Monday, 15. June 2015

Ireland would be winner and loser of a Brexit

The EU referendum to be held in the UK by 2017 has sparked a debate in Ireland about whether the country should follow Britain out of the EU. A Brexit would have both positive and negative consequences for Ireland, the conservative daily Irish Independent believes: » more

The Times - United Kingdom | Monday, 8. June 2015

Cameron comes across as a softie in the EU

Fifty Eurosceptic British Conservatives have threatened to vote for the Brexit if British Prime Minister David Cameron doesn't manage to push through reforms favouring Britain in his negotiations with Brussels. The conservative daily The Times also detects a lack of fighting spirit in Cameron: » more

Magyar Narancs - Hungary | Tuesday, 2. June 2015

Britain is making the EU nervous

If British Prime Minister David Cameron makes good on his promise to renegotiate Britain's EU membership and hold a referendum on a Brexit the Union will face choppy waters, the left-liberal daily Magyar Narancs warns: » more

Corriere della Sera - Italy | Monday, 1. June 2015

Merkel gives green light for EU reform

German Chancellor Angela Merkel considers changes to the EU treaties possible, she signalled after a meeting with her British colleague David Cameron on Friday in Berlin. Merkel is paving the way for reforms that could profoundly restructure the EU, the liberal-conservative daily Corriere della Sera notes: » more

The Daily Telegraph - United Kingdom | Wednesday, 27. May 2015

House of Lords must not sabotage Brexit vote

In her speech marking the opening of the new British parliament on Wednesday, Queen Elizabeth presented the Tory government's plan to hold a referendum on Britain's exiting the EU by the end of 2017. The House of Lords, which tends to be pro-EU, must not place any obstacles in the way of the vote, urges the Tory Member of the House of Commons Jacob Rees-Mogg in the conservative paper The Daily Telegraph: » more

The Times - United Kingdom | Wednesday, 20. May 2015

Brexit opponents must spawn enthusiasm for EU

The Confederation of British Industry warned on Wednesday of the negative consequences a Brexit would have for the country. Those in favour of the EU need to use more than just economic arguments, the conservative daily The Times demands: » more

The Guardian - United Kingdom | Sunday, 17. May 2015

Brexit off the menu thanks to Cameron's win

The Tories' clear victory in the British general election has strengthened the position of Prime Minister David Cameron and eliminated chances of a Brexit, the left-liberal daily The Guardian believes: » more

Die Achse des Guten - Germany | Saturday, 16. May 2015

British are Europe's most mature democrats

The British Conservatives' election victory has many commentators discussing the consequences of a Brexit. Columnist Rainer Bonhorst explains in the blog Achse des Guten why the EU won't be able to get along without the British: » more

The Irish Independent - Ireland | Thursday, 14. May 2015

Brexit would be a hard blow for Ireland

If the British opt for a Brexit in the referendum promised by Prime Minister David Cameron it would have more drawbacks than advantages for Ireland, the conservative daily Irish Independent comments: » more

Main focus of Wednesday, 13. May 2015

Cameron wants to bring EU referendum forward

According to media reports the British government wants to hold the referendum on the UK's EU membership before 2017. Commentators see the move to bring ... » more

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung - Germany | Wednesday, 13. May 2015

Cameron must kick off reforms in EU

If the new British government really wants to bring the referendum forward it should hurry up and push for reforms in the EU, the conservative daily Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung urges: » more

The Guardian - United Kingdom | Tuesday, 12. May 2015

PM should make most of election tailwind

From Cameron's point of view there are good domestic and foreign policy reasons for bringing the EU referendum forward, the left-liberal daily The Guardian comments: » more

El Huffington Post - Spain | Tuesday, 12. May 2015

Good reasons for bringing referendum forward

The sooner the British vote on leaving or staying in the EU the better, comments Carlos Carnicero Urabayen in his blog for El Huffington Post: » more

The New York Times - U.S. | Monday, 11. May 2015

Global perspectives: Britain best off united and in EU

Both Scottish separatism and the urge to leave the EU will only harm Britain, the liberal daily The New York Times comments: » more

Main focus of Monday, 11. May 2015

UK vote paves way for Brexit referendum

Following the election victory of British Prime Minister David Cameron's Conservative Party, a referendum on Britain's EU membership in 2017 is almost a certainty. This ... » more

La Libre Belgique - Belgium | Friday, 8. May 2015

Time to redefine British-European relations

In the debate over a Brexit the liberal daily La Libre Belgique also sees a chance to put relations between Britain and the EU on a new footing: » more

Sydsvenskan - Sweden | Monday, 11. May 2015

See Brexit option as a chance

The planned EU referendum in the UK is an opportunity to introduce vital reforms in the EU, the liberal daily Sydsvenskan observes: » more

Welt am Sonntag - Germany | Sunday, 10. May 2015

Cameron prepares EU catharsis

David Cameron's plans for an EU referendum are forcing the Europeans to conduct a long overdue debate on what direction the union should take, writes the conservative weekly Welt am Sonntag approvingly: » more

Financial Times - United Kingdom | Sunday, 10. May 2015

Brexit debate a boon for Putin

The negotiations between London and Brussels on EU reforms will weaken the Union as regards foreign policy, the conservative daily Financial Times fears: » more

The Daily Telegraph - United Kingdom | Wednesday, 8. April 2015

Blair an anti-democratic Brussels boy

Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair has harshly criticised Prime Minister David Cameron's plans to hold a referendum on exiting the EU in 2017. Blair's statements are anti-democratic and typical of the "Brussels boys" in their ivory towers: » more

The Guardian - United Kingdom | Tuesday, 7. April 2015

Blair right to criticise Cameron's EU policy

The former British prime minister Tony Blair joined the fray in the British election campaign on Tuesday with a plea in favour of the EU. The left-liberal daily The Guardian endorses Blair's criticism of the EU policy of Britain's current leader David Cameron: » more

The Irish Times - Ireland | Wednesday, 25. March 2015

Brexit a danger for Dublin-Belfast relations

The debate about whether Britain should exit the EU has flared up once more in the run-up to the UK's general election on May 7. A Brexit would have serious consequences for Northern Ireland and the Irish Republic - and Dublin should do all it can to prevent this, the left-liberal daily The Irish Times urges: » more

The Guardian - United Kingdom | Sunday, 2. November 2014

Berlin Wall the best anti-Brexit argument

This week will mark the twenty-fifth anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. The event testifies to the success of the EU as a peace project, and should show the British that leaving the Union would be a mistake, former British minister of state for business Pat McFadden writes in the left-liberal daily The Guardian: » more

The Guardian - United Kingdom | Tuesday, 2. September 2014

Contradictory stance of no campaigners

Two weeks before the Scottish independence referendum the no campaigners' lead has shrunk to just six percentage points, according to the latest polls. The left-liberal daily The Guardian finds it contradictory that many of those against Scottish independence also want Britain to exit the EU: » more

La Stampa - Italy | Wednesday, 16. July 2014

Cameron struggle against EU continues

British Prime Minister David Cameron appointed Defence Secretary Philip Hammond as the new Foreign Secretary on Tuesday. At the same time he announced that conservative business manager Jonathan Hill is to become the UK's EU Commissioner. Cameron is continuing his war against the EU and Jean-Claude Juncker, the liberal daily La Stampa observes: » more

Kristeligt Dagbladet - Denmark | Wednesday, 16. July 2014

Cabinet shuffle a risky manoeuvre

British Prime Minister David Cameron replaced six of his 23 ministers on Tuesday, giving several posts to known Eurosceptics. The daily newspaper Kristelig Dagbladet sees this as a thinly disguised manoeuvre that could quickly go wrong: » more

Spiegel Online - Germany | Monday, 30. June 2014

Why a Brexit would be good

In the debate over Jean-Claude Juncker's nomination as Commission president the real issue was whether the Eurozone can become emancipated within the EU, and therefore a Brexit would be good, argues columnist Wolfgang Münchau on news portal Spiegel Online: » more

Právo - Czech Republic | Monday, 30. June 2014

Cameron stands to be lonely

Even after David Cameron's defeat in the row over Jean-Claude Juncker's nomination as Commission president, London is still shooting verbal poison arrows against the  "cowards" of Europe, the leftist daily Právo comments and predicts that relations between the EU and UK will further deteriorate: » more

Handelsblatt - Germany | Monday, 30. June 2014

Juncker must keep British in the EU

Now that Jean-Claude Juncker has been nominated against Cameron's will, the liberal business daily Handelsblatt says it's "time to examine the relationship between Britain and ... » more

Le Nouvel Observateur - France | Friday, 27. June 2014

Brexit increasingly likely

Since Cameron will hardly be able to achieve his objectives with a Juncker Commission he'll bring forward the referendum on leaving the EU for tactical ... » more

Wiener Zeitung - Austria | Friday, 27. June 2014

Take British concerns seriously

The British concerns about Juncker as Commission president have been brushed aside too quickly, the state-run liberal daily Wiener Zeitung comments: » more

The Irish Times - Ireland | Wednesday, 25. June 2014

Cameron has alienated conservative EU allies

The British Eurosceptics have pushed Prime Minister David Cameron around for so long that he has now been left without any allies, the left-liberal daily The Irish Times comments worriedly: » more

The Daily Telegraph - United Kingdom | Wednesday, 25. June 2014

Juncker's appointment paves way for Brexit

The conservative Daily Telegraph issues an urgent warning to Europe's leaders ahead of the summit in Ypres: » more

The Guardian - United Kingdom | Tuesday, 24. June 2014

Cameron's missed chance in Eastern Europe

Poland's Foreign Minister Radosław Sikorski fiercely criticised the EU policy of British Prime Minister David Cameron in a conversation that was secretly recorded and then published on Sunday. The current row over Jean-Claude Juncker as the next European Commission president confirms Sikorski's words, the left-liberal daily The Guardian contends: » more

Financial Times - United Kingdom | Monday, 23. June 2014

Merkel and Cameron could be dream couple

British PM David Cameron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel are pitted against each other in the conflict over the next EU Commission president, but in fact they'd be perfect partners on the EU level, the liberal business paper Financial Times contends: » more

Jutarnji list - Croatia | Monday, 23. June 2014

Britain should just leave

The liberal daily Jutarnji List calls on Cameron to make good on his threats and leave the European Union: » more

The Times - United Kingdom | Thursday, 19. June 2014

British commissioner to make up for Juncker

If the UK can't prevent Jean-Claude Juncker from becoming European Commission president it should at least insist that its candidate become the next commissioner for the single market, the conservative daily The Times argues: » more

The Irish Independent - Ireland | Tuesday, 17. June 2014

Cameron can only lose with Juncker veto

British Prime Minister David Cameron has stepped up his resistance to Jean-Claude Juncker as Commission president. Speaking at a press conference on Tuesday, he said that he would fight Juncker's candidacy "to the end". Cameron will pay a high price for this stance, the former Irish head of government John Bruton writes in the conservative daily Irish Independent: » more

The Daily Telegraph - United Kingdom | Tuesday, 10. June 2014

Brexit would destroy balance in EU

Britain leaving the EU - as Prime Minister David Cameron has threatened in the wrangling over who becomes Commission president - is a horror scenario, columnist Ambrose Evans-Pritchard argues in the conservative Daily Telegraph: » more

El País - Spain | Monday, 9. June 2014

Stop tolerating British blackmailing

The EU shouldn't allow itself to be blackmailed by Cameron any more, political analyst Ignacio Torreblanca warns in his blog with the left-liberal daily El País: » more

Blog EUROPP - United Kingdom | Monday, 9. June 2014

British didn't discuss Juncker before EU vote

One reason for the dispute over the post of EU Commission president is the very different level of coverage the European election campaign received in the respective EU states, political scientists Simon Hix and Stuart Wilks-Heeg write on the blog EUROPP of the London School of Economics: » more


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