Although Britain has long been regarded as the “awkward partner” in the European Union, David Cameron’s referendum pledge made in January 2013 tied to the surge in support for the United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP) at the European Parliament elections in May 2014 has raised the prospect of a British exit from the European Union. In this talk, Tim Haughton, will examine why the threat of British exit has risen up the agenda, how the issue is playing out in the British general election campaign and the consequences of possible exit for both the United Kingdom and the EU as a whole.
Tim Haughton is Associate Professor in European Politics at the University of Birmingham in the UK. His research interests encompass party politics, the European Union and the domestic politics of Central and Eastern Europe. He teaches courses on comparative European politics and the politics of the European Union and was the Director of the Centre for Russian, European and Eurasian Studies (CREES) at the University from 2012-14. He has been a visiting scholar at Harvard University’s Center for European Studies and was an Austrian Marshall Plan Foundation Fellow at Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies. He has been the co-editor of the Journal of Common Market Studies Annual Review of the European Union since 2008.