European Union

An exploratory shale oil drilling site. (FRANCOIS BECKER/AFP/Getty Images)

The EU is being used to put the brakes on shale

8 August 2013 17:33

It is beginning to dawn on Westminster just how much shale Britain has. The Bowland Basin — which runs from Nottingham and Scarborough in the east to Wrexham and Blackpool… Continue reading

Bikers for Britain has launched today, to get a better deal from the EU for motorcyclists.

Why bikers need a better deal from the EU

8 August 2013 13:25

Since I was elected to Parliament in 2010, I have taken every opportunity to push back against the EU’s move towards ever closer union. I have also been a long-time… Continue reading

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The wrong choice for Britain’s EU ambassador

5 August 2013 18:36

David Cameron is committed to an EU referendum if he’s still Prime Minister after the next election. We also know that he’d like to lead the ‘In’ side if he… Continue reading

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David Goodhart tells David Cameron how to tackle immigration by reforming the EU

31 July 2013 9:41

Much, if not all, of the discussion about immigration in recent days has barely mentioned migration from the European Union, which, given the scale of such migration, was an oversight.… Continue reading


We can’t talk about immigration without talking about the EU

27 July 2013 13:37

Harrods and The Refugee and Migrant Forum of East London don’t strike one as natural bedfellows. But they are both up in arms about the government’s immigration policies. Harrods is… Continue reading

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The EU fails to ban Hezbollah

23 July 2013 20:34

As though the sunny weather and the royal baby were not enough, here comes yet more good news. The European Union has finally banned the military wing of Hezbollah. This is… Continue reading

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Britain and Brussels: what the Foreign Office found

22 July 2013 23:04

It’s always wise when looking at the European Union to imagine that you’re an alien (it’s the sort of thing MEPs probably do on away days, anyway) coming to the… Continue reading

David Cameron on another chilly walk into the EU budget talks. Picture: Getty

EU 2014 Budget: good and bad news for David Cameron

26 June 2013 20:44

In February, David Cameron managed to rally of group of likeminded countries to agree a historic cut to the EU’s long-term budget. However, due to the maddening complexities involved in… Continue reading

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Conservative members send ministers EU reform shopping list

25 June 2013 16:49

David Cameron will come under increasing pressure in the next few months to publish his ‘shopping list’ of reforms he wants from a renegotiation of Britain’s relationship with Europe. Even… Continue reading

Ken Clarke has drawn a line in the Europe debate between those who are interested in the possible and those who aren't. (PAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images)

Ken Clarke the pragmatist suspends his pugilism over EU

18 June 2013 14:29

It’s said that Ken Clarke would cross a motorway to pick a fight with a political opponent. His aggression is one reason why he thrived (eventually) under Mrs Thatcher: ambulance… Continue reading

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Ken Clarke reignites What Would Thatcher Do? to argue for an ‘In’ referendum vote

18 June 2013 8:59

Those cracking jokes about bears visiting the woods following Ken Clarke’s latest warning about the dangers of Britain leaving the EU miss the point. The former Chancellor and Minister without… Continue reading

Prime Minister David Cameron Makes Speech On The UK's Position In Europe

Conservatives to take Labour and Lib Dem MPs with them to EU renegotiation talks

12 June 2013 10:47

Tories preparing the ground for David Cameron’s renegotiation of Britain’s relationship with Europe are to take MPs from other parties with them as they visit European cities, Coffee House has… Continue reading


Solar panels are just another example of Brussels’ wrong priorities

7 June 2013 11:19

Over the years, Brussels has become adept at dishing out heavy-handed and often disproportionate pan-EU ‘solutions’ to problems that are very often not problems for the majority of Member States.… Continue reading


Why William Hague’s ‘red card’ plan won’t work

1 June 2013 11:54

Alas, now we know William Hague has joined the list – and it’s a long list – of British government ministers who do not understand how the European Union works.… Continue reading

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William Hague’s EU red card plan could reassure renegotiation sceptics

31 May 2013 16:54

The Conservatives know that the best way of detracting from the binary In/Out? debate about Europe in the Westminster bubble is to jolly well get on with making the case… Continue reading

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We are all citizens of Europe now, and the benefits row is just the beginning

31 May 2013 11:42

Yes, that law case the European Commission is taking against the UK is mission creep, or ‘a blatant land grab’ as Iain Duncan Smith has it. The eurocrats are trying… Continue reading

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European Commission makes the case for curtailing its own power

30 May 2013 9:22

If anyone pushing for reform of Britain’s relationship with Europe was hunting for an example of why there needs to be a renegotiation, they would have struggled to find a… Continue reading


Will the EU’s rescinding of the Syrian arms embargo have any impact?

28 May 2013 13:37

The EU has said it will not renew an arms embargo on Syria which ends this Saturday. That should pave the way for countries wanting to arm the rebels, something… Continue reading


The EU’s cut-out-and-keep economic timetable

27 May 2013 17:33

This morning two European Commission technocrats and a spokesman held an off-the-record press briefing to explain the EU’s economic ‘governance.’ (Governance is the word eurocrats use instead of the more… Continue reading

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UKIP, Pierre Poujade and a political class that’s seen to be “out-of-touch”.

20 May 2013 15:49

Parliament is a “brothel”. The state is an enterprise of “thieves” engaged in a conspiracy against “the good little people” and the “humble housewife”. Time, then, for a party that… Continue reading

David Cameron needs to work out what exactly it is that he wants from negotiations with EU leaders. Picture: Getty

What does Cameron actually want back from Brussels?

16 May 2013 17:21

If you ask what’s the problem with David Cameron’s European strategy, a cacophony of voices strike up. But it seems to me that most of their complaints are tactical when… Continue reading

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Will an EU referendum kill the Scottish independence referendum?

9 May 2013 13:18

The UK faces two referendums about its future, not one.  As well as David Cameron’s promised ‘proper’ referendum on the UK’s relationship with the European Union, there is also the… Continue reading

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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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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

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