Manifesto check: the Conservatives take a combative approach to the EU

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When it comes to Europe, gone are the euphemistic references to “balance of competences” and “renegotiating” European policy. Instead, the Conservative manifesto has returned to the two R’s of the pre-coalition era: referendum, and return of powers. The manifesto reflects the careful line trodden since 2010 by the Conservative leadership, between concessions to the eurosceptic wing of the party, and recognition of the concerns of different sections of business.
Original languageEnglish
Specialist publicationThe Conversation
Publication statusPublished - 16 Apr 2015


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