Britain’s most pro-EU party heading for disaster in May [UK and the European elections 2014]

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Commentary article published by EUObserver on the 18 February 2014 on the British political situation prior to the European Parliament elections in May 2014.

The Guardian reported on the 20 February 2014 that Nick Clegg had challenged Nigel Farage to a two live debate on Britain's membership of the European Union before May's elections. The UKIP leader accepted the challenge.

The first debate took place on the 26 March 2014 and the second a week later.

David Cameron launched his party's European election campaign on the 10 April 2014 by saying Ukip could change anything and other parties did not want to.

However, voter support for UKIP was shown at a record high by an opinion poll released on the 13 April 2014.

On the 15 April 2014, British media sources reported that Ukip leader Nigel Farage has been questioned over the £15,500 in expenses he had claimed annually for office costs after it emerged he was paying no rent on the small Bognor Regis property where he was working.

UKIP started its campaign for the EU elections with posters slammed by opponents as “racist”, fear-mongering and inaccurate.

Nick Clegg launch the Liberal Democrats' European election campaign on the 24 April 2014, hoping his high-profile defence of UK membership of the EU can prevent the party being wiped out in the European parliament.

On the 25 April 2014, EurActiv reported on a group of pro-Europe British Conservatives which decided to launch a new party to stand in the upcoming European elections as an alternative to David Cameron’s Conservatives, and Nigel Farage’s Eurosceptic UK Independence Party (UKIP).

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