EU referendum

David Cameron giving his Europe speech. Picture: Getty

Tory leadership publishes draft EU referendum bill in a panic, and fails to convince backbenchers

13 May 2013 23:13

David Cameron was trying to work out how on earth to deal with the latest Europe row in his party. He heard them demanding legislation in this parliament for a… Continue reading

Obama and Cameron give a joint press conference this afternoon. Picture: Getty

Obama warns Britain that leaving the EU would be an isolationist step

13 May 2013 17:25

President Obama took care this afternoon when asked about an EU referendum to give as nuanced an answer as possible. He emphasised repeatedly that this was a matter for the… Continue reading

David Cameron once described himself as a 'man with a plan'. He needs to give that impression now as his party chooses turmoil on Europe once again. Picture: Getty

David Cameron needs to become a man with a plan

13 May 2013 8:52

‘I’m a man with a plan,’ David Cameron told the Conservative party conference in 2008. Now the Prime Minister is struggling to give the impression he does have a plan… Continue reading

Philip Hammond was made defence secretary because of his ability to balance the books. Picture: Getty.

Philip Hammond becomes 2nd Cabinet minister to say he would vote to leave EU today

12 May 2013 20:58

If the Tory leadership had hoped that a few weeks of reconciliation between David Cameron and his backbenchers would lead to a new, serene phase in party management, they couldn’t… Continue reading

It seems a long time since David Cameron's EU referendum speech: MPs are now demanding something more. Picture: Getty

EU referendum amendment is just first step in long battle

9 May 2013 17:47

As expected, the backbench Tory campaign for an EU referendum bill started as soon as the Queen’s Speech proved not to contain one. The first battle is over an amendment… Continue reading

'Mrs Thatcher’s finance minister, who is the father of such a good cookbook author'.

The euro-elite responds to Nigel Lawson’s ‘dinosaur argument’

8 May 2013 16:24

I’ve just come from a briefing with a European Union official. He was asked whether Lord Lawson’s call for Britain to leave the EU was a ‘dinosaur argument.’ In response, the… Continue reading

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Maggie Maggie Maggie, wanted out out out

8 May 2013 11:39

To Chelsea to hear Charles Moore lift the lid on his Thatcher biography. While the crowd at the Cadogan Hall loved the anecdotes and insight, it was Moore’s revelation that,… Continue reading

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Lord Lawson is wrong that change in the EU is impossible

8 May 2013 10:48

In its present form, the EU serves British interests very poorly. The time has come for us to finally take matters into our own hands. But I don’t agree with… Continue reading

Three documents for and against Britain's membership of the Common Market in 1975. Picture: Getty

Why David Cameron can’t copy Harold Wilson on EU renegotiation

7 May 2013 15:25

It’s at times like this I’m glad I’m not a Europhile. I imagine that Lord Lawson’s article in today’s Times is causing Brussels-lovers up and down the land a number… Continue reading

Margot James, one of the members of the newly-appointed policy board, defended the Prime Minister's ability to renegotiate Britain's membership of the EU. Picture: Getty

European debate returns to Tory MP vs Tory MP

7 May 2013 14:02

One of the inevitable consequences of Lord Lawson’s announcement that he’d vote ‘No’ in an EU referendum is that the ideological divides over Europe in the Tory party are starting… Continue reading

John Baron and colleagues are determined to get a bill legislating for an EU referendum into the Commons by hook or by crook.

The backbench Tory plot to get a referendum bill into the Commons – and the row that will surely follow

3 May 2013 17:53

John Baron and  Conservative backbench colleagues have been out and about insisting that today’s results underline the need for legislation in this parliament for a referendum on Britain’s membership of… Continue reading

David Cameron delivers his Europe speech. Image: Getty

The EU Referendum Bill won’t appear in Parliament any time soon

2 May 2013 14:08

Some Tories are all aquiver today after the Prime Minister’s radio hint yesterday that he might be prepared to introduce an EU referendum bill in this parliament after all. Here… Continue reading


The View from 22 — Ukip vs Westminster, Ukip vs the Tories and intervening in Syria

2 May 2013 8:32

Is UKIP a bunch of fringe lunatics, or a party ready to shake the establishment to its core? In this week’s Spectator cover feature, James Forsyth examines the Ukip mission… Continue reading

David Cameron launching the Tory election campaign. Picture: Getty

Dealing with the UKIP threat

29 April 2013 12:48

How do the Tories deal with UKIP? The party likes to split on most issues, and it has got a nice little fault line running across it at the moment… Continue reading

David Cameron has a round of meetings this week with European leaders. Picture: Getty

David Cameron makes the case for reform in Europe

8 April 2013 8:55

Germany has elections on the way, Spain is just about holding a lid on its economic crisis while keeping a wary eye on the uphill struggle that its neighbour Portugal… Continue reading

Conservative MPs want enabling legislation for an EU referendum bill in this May's Queen's Speech. Picture: Getty

Over 100 Tory MPs demand EU referendum bill: exclusive details

2 April 2013 12:04

Tory backbenchers have written again to the Prime Minister demanding legislation guaranteeing a referendum in the next Parliament. Conservative MP John Baron delivered the letter, which bears more than 100… Continue reading


Should the United Kingdom become an independent country?

27 March 2013 9:18

Last week, Alex Salmond announced the date for the referendum in Scotland, 18 September 2014. The question is phrased to his advantage. ‘Should Scotland become an independent country?’ it asks.… Continue reading

It seems a long time since David Cameron's EU referendum speech: MPs are now demanding something more. Picture: Getty

Momentum grows for EU referendum bill

25 March 2013 9:34

One other area besides immigration where Tory MPs want their leader to go further than he feels he can is, unsurprisingly, Europe. There is growing pressure within the party for… Continue reading

Some good news for Tory 2015 campaign: Nick Clegg may oppose an EU referendum. Photo: Getty Images.

Some cheer for Tory election planners: Clegg determined to oppose EU referendum

11 March 2013 16:14

The last few weeks have, to put it mildly, not been encouraging for those working on the Tories’ 2015 campaign. But today brings news to gladden their hearts. For the… Continue reading

Sir John Major gave David Cameron some advice on his European strategy today. Picture: Getty

Sir John Major on how to win an EU renegotiation

14 February 2013 18:14

John Major knows a thing or two about naughty Tory MPs and Europe. So David Cameron would do well to listen to his Chatham House speech today in which he… Continue reading

William Hague giving evidence to the Foreign Affairs Select Committee today.

Hague stays vague on EU renegotiation details

6 February 2013 17:20

William Hague stayed remarkably jovial throughout his two-hour appearance before the Foreign Affairs Select Committee today, chuckling happily away even when he was asked to imagine what he’d do if… Continue reading

William Hague led this afternoon's Commons debate on Europe. Picture: Getty

William Hague: Somalia, Pakistan and Afghanistan is where the threat to the British homeland is coming from

3 February 2013 12:29

On the Sunday Politics, William Hague confirmed that the greatest terrorist threat to the British homeland come from Somalia, Pakistan and Afghanistan. But he argued that without intervention, the Sahel… Continue reading

William Hague led this afternoon's Commons debate on Europe. Picture: Getty

William Hague goads Labour on Europe

30 January 2013 17:49

What a lot of fun William Hague had this afternoon in the Commons as he opened a debate tabled by the Prime Minister on Europe. ‘I have not yet exhausted… Continue reading

Even europhiles accept that the terms of the debate about Britain and Europe have changed. Picture: Getty

How the terms of debate on Europe changed

30 January 2013 16:34

The website of the new Centre for British Influence through Europe reveals just how far on the back foot the pro-Europeans are. Its introductory article states: ‘It is also wrong… Continue reading


Cameron encourages his party to bang on about Europe

30 January 2013 9:49

Something quite curious is going to happen in the Commons this afternoon. David Cameron is encouraging his party to bang on about Europe. He has called a general debate, with… Continue reading