The Significance and Impact of the United Kingdom 2014 European Elections

  • Elizabeth Gibson-MorganEmail author


The year 2014 was a time of significant change, a year of Europe for both the Europhile and the Europhobe. The Prime Minister’s Europe agenda, unveiled in his Bloomberg speech the previous year, revolved around the Referendum, Renegotiation and Repatriation of the UK’s European settlement. The Scottish people—perhaps the most committed pro-Europeans of the four nations—were invited to say whether they wanted Scotland to become independent. Much interest was attached to how far in the European elections the anti-European UKIP party could erode the Conservative vote. So, unlike all the previous ones, the 2014 European elections in the UK emerged as more than just second-order elections. The year 2014, the centenary of the First World War, offered an opportunity to reflect how European integration had helped to maintain peace in Europe for nearly 60 years.


European Union European Union Member State Coalition Government Local Election Labour Party 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of ToursToursFrance

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