Meningsmålinger viser at UKIP har slått ut Liberaldemokratene som Storbritannias tredje største parti. Cameron og Toryene presses til å bli mer imøtekommende mot de som vil melde landet ut av EU.
Mr. Farage, leader of the U.K. Independence Party, scourge of the EU’s elite and member of the European Parliament, could be forgiven for thinking that at long last, history is moving his way. His party took 23% of the votes in county elections earlier this month, leaving Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg’s Liberal Democrats, at 14%, in the dust.
Five days later, the Tory former Chancellor of the Exchequer Nigel Lawson published an op-ed in the London Times arguing that it was time for Britain to leave the EU. Two days later, Michael Portillo, a cabinet minister in the John Major government, followed suit. And this past Monday the Conservative Party announced that it would put forward a bill in Parliament to ensure a referendum on the U.K.’s EU membership.
Prime Minister David Cameron has already promised to hold such a referendum—albeit in 2017, provided he wins the next election in 2015. The Spectator magazine reports that at least some Tories in Westminster fully expect UKIP to win next year’s elections for the European Parliament outright.
A poll out this week gave UKIP 18% support nationally, in third place and comfortably ahead of the Lib Dems’ 11%.