The rise of euroscepticism in the United Kingdom or the failure of Europeanism

The European Union has severely undermined perceptions of sovereignty and it will fail unless EU citizens regain their voice in the policy process, argues Sophie Heine. Might fully-fledged federalist project do just that? This piece is part of the UCL European Institute’s commissioning partnership with openDemocracy on ‘Brexit Divisions’. Many observers have pointed to the unexpected consequences of David Cameron’s decision to submit British membership … Continue reading The rise of euroscepticism in the United Kingdom or the failure of Europeanism

The puzzle of EU referendums

Ece Özlem Atikcan, Assistant Professor in Political Science at Laval University, asks whether previous referendums on European Union treaties contain many lessons and insights into the upcoming referendum in the UK. This piece is part of the UCL European Institute’s first guest editor week on openDemocracy.  Referendum campaigns matter more than election campaigns. Research has shown time and time again that people tend to change their minds during … Continue reading The puzzle of EU referendums

Europe: Six decades of strife and controversy for UK

Sir Stephen Wall argues that it’s groundhog day in Britain, where the European Union is concerned. The context changes, but the basic issues do not. When the six founder members of the European Community came together in the 1950s in a new political and economic organisation, the British were deeply suspicious of its supra-national institutions and sceptical as to whether it would work. But, from … Continue reading Europe: Six decades of strife and controversy for UK