Following this year’s election results in the Netherlands and France, many in the media, politics, and academia were quick to announce the death of euroscepticism. Whether they know it or not, 2017 has proved these voices wrong. 2016 was no anomaly, and euroscepticism never died—it’s bigger than ever. Here’s why…
European political and economic integration has been enabled by broad consensus across many parties and nations. Socialists, conservatives, industry, environmentalists, and cultural minorities all saw their aspirations reflected in the EU. Today, many of these groups no longer see themselves in the European project, fuelling growing euroscepticism from the very same factions that helped the EU come about.
2016 was undoubtedly an important year for euroscepticism. Most notably, Britain’s decision to cease its European Union (EU) membership shattered the notion of European integration’s inevitability. The peoples of Europe are waking up to the enormous price they’ve paid for EU membership, and will continue to in 2017.
2016 will join years like 1968, 1989, and 2001 as a “year that changed everything”. With a particular focus on European integration, The Eurosceptic has ranked the ten most significant events of the year reflecting a shift against more Brussels, and towards more sovereignty.
This blog is a home for all who disagree with continued European integration, as well as a point of reference for all who don’t yet know how they feel about this 70-year-old process. To those who believe that ever-closer union is inherently good, I welcome you to read through the blog posts that ensue.