David Cameron’s European policy:
Britain sidelined by Euroscepticism and the economic crisis
The Finnish Institute of International Affairs
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Deeply rooted Euroscepticism within some quarters of the
British Conservative Party was initially thought to be balanced by the
formation of a coalition government with the pro-European Liberal Democrats.
These wishes soon proved to be premature and the British
government led by the Conservatives has emerged as a very difficult partner in
many fields of EU policy.
Prime Minister David Cameron’s weakened support, the
European economic crisis and EMU reforms have geared the British European
policy towards an increasing awkwardness vis-à-vis its key European partners
and prompted a debate on the re-negotiation of Britain’s relationship with the
Relatedly, Britain’s position in the EU has weakened
Mr Cameron’s recent speech attempts to re-establish some
degree of British authority in the EU, and in the event that he fails, to
further distance Britain from the EU.
It is uncertain whether the current trend will prevail after
the next British general election, slated to be held in May 2015 at the latest.