May 6, 2015 - Media Alert
The United Kingdom is heading into one of its most fascinating elections in a generation. The traditional equilibrium of British party politics is fundamentally challenged by the rise and strengthening of new political parties. According to the latest polls, neither Labour nor the Conservative Party are likely to be able to form a majority government following Thursday's election. With UKIP winning gaining ground among the English electorate, the Liberal Democrats in sharp decline, and a reinvigorated Scottish National Party likely to take almost all of the seats in Scotland, the UK is likely to face difficult coalition negotiations following an election outcome that remains uncertain. One of the critical issues at stake in this election is the UK's future in the European Union. Prime Minister Cameron has promised to hold a referendum on this issue if his party returns to government and UKIP with its nationalist agenda has played the anti-EU card during the campaign without any reservations.
The following experts are available for interviews in Canada and Europe:
Achim Hurrelmann is director of the Institute of European, Russian and Eurasian Studies (EURUS) at Carleton University, Ottawa. His expertise is primarily on the impact of the election for Britain's EU membership.
"This year's general election has been labelled the 'most European' of British elections, and its impact on the European Union might be profound."
Larry LeDuc is professor of political science at the University of Toronto and expert on elections in western democracies. Read also his latest media tip "General election in the UK - the most exciting election in a generation".
George Ross is ad personam Jean Monnet Chair at the Université de Montréal, serves as Morris Hillquit Professor emeritus at Brandeis University, and is a faculty associate of the Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies at Harvard. His research interests include the political economy of the European Union, EU elites and institutions, European politics and industrial relations, globalization, and social structures.
Oliver Schmidtke is director of Centre for Global Studies at the University of Victoria. His expertise is in the field of comparative European politics.
"The epoch of stable majority governments in British politics seems to come to an end. Labour and the Conservatives have to face previously unknown electoral competition."
All experts are part of our pan-Canada network of experts working on European policy issues, the Strategic Knowledge Cluster Canada-Europe Transatlantic Dialogue .