Labour surges 12 points ahead in polls to biggest lead over the Tories in a decade as women voters desert David Cameron ICM/Guardian: Labour 41%, Conservatives, 29%, Lib Dems 13%, UKIP 9%Female voters deserting Tories for Labour – 26% more would vote for themIn/out referendum promise has not stopped UKIP gaining votesLabour lead despite lack of faith in Ed Miliband as leaderOnly 18% asked thought him 'good in a crisis' – half PM's rating By Martin Robinson PUBLISHED: 11:44 GMT, 12 February 2013 | UPDATED: 14:04 GMT, 12 February 2013 Labour has surged to its biggest lead over the Tories in the polls for a decade as female voters continue to desert the Prime Minister. If a General Election was held today Ed Miliband's party would probably secure 41 per cent of the vote while David Cameron's Conservatives would get 29 per cent – down four per cent in a month
Go-it-alone Scotland 'would be forced out of 14,000 treaties and have to renegotiate membership of the EU'Scotland would have to re-apply to organisations including EURemainder of UK would continue to have same international powers Report is 'huge blow' to Alex Salmond By Daniel Martin PUBLISHED: 01:49 GMT, 11 February 2013 | UPDATED: 01:50 GMT, 11 February 2013 Blow: Alex Salmond, the SNP leader, whose claims Scotland would not have to apply to join groups such as the EU are sounding increasingly unlikely (file picture) If Scotland voted for independence it could have to re-apply to a whole host of international organisations including the EU and the World Bank, laywers said. It would also have to renegotiate 14,000 international treaties, according to legal advice commissioned by Whitehall.
'Falklands Islands will be ours within 20 years': Argentina claims 'fanatical' Britons will be forced to hand disputed colony back Foreign minister Hector Timerman said Britain only wants Falklands oilHas refused to meet Foreign Secretary William Hague during London visitIslanders due to hold referendum in March on whether to remain British By Ian Drury PUBLISHED: 16:31 GMT, 5 February 2013 | UPDATED: 00:42 GMT, 6 February 2013 War of words: Hector Timerman compared Falkland Islanders to illegal Israeli settlers in the West Bank A senior Argentine politician has sparked outrage by claiming his country will run the Falklands within 20 years. Hector Timerman, the country’s foreign minister, also compared the islanders to illegal Israeli settlers in the West Bank. Mr Timerman escalated the war of words over sovereignty during his first visit to London
UK can't 'cherry pick and choose powers to claw back from Brussels', EU president warns Herman Van Rompuy said the EU would fall apart quickly if countries were allowed to pick and choose powersHe said if UK departed it would ‘see a friend walk off into the desert’David Cameron is expected to call for renegotiation of Britain’s relationship with the EU next month | UPDATED: 23:19 GMT, 27 December 2012 Herman Van Rompuy said the European Union would fall apart quickly if countries were allowed to pick and choose which powers they wanted to keep David Cameron will not be allowed to ‘cherry pick’ powers to claw back from Brussels, the EU president has warned. In a major blow to the Prime Minister’s strategy, Herman Van Rompuy said the European Union would fall apart quickly if countries were allowed to pick and choose which powers they wanted to keep. Mr Van Rompuy said he wanted Britain to stay in the EU, adding that the UK’s departure would ‘see a friend walk off into the desert’.
Mr Clegg’s contempt for democracy on EU | UPDATED: 00:13 GMT, 28 December 2012 Out of touch: Clegg demonstrated how he remains as detached from the views of the electorate on Europe as ever Yesterday a poll conducted by a pro-European newspaper revealed that 51 per cent of the public want Britain to leave the EU, against just 40 per cent who say they would vote to stay in. Even one in three supporters of the Liberal Democrats – Britain’s most ardently Europhile party – now want out. Yet, in a typically condescending interview to the same newspaper, Nick Clegg demonstrated how he remains as detached from the views of the electorate on Europe as ever
More than half of Britons would vote to pull out of EU: Euroscepticism has rocketed in just a decadeA poll has revealed 51 per cent of people questioned want to get out of EuropeJust 40 per cent said they wanted to stay inTen years ago a similar poll found we wanted to stay in Europe by a margin of 68 per cent to 19 per cent | UPDATED: 23:24 GMT, 26 December 2012 As it is revealed more than half of Britons would pull out of EU, David Cameron will finally make a speech setting out his vision for the UK's relationship with Europe Britain is becoming a more Eurosceptic country – with a majority saying they would vote to leave the EU. A poll has revealed that 51 per cent of respondents want to get out of Europe, against just 40 per cent who want to stay in. The survey represents a massive turnaround on a decade ago, when a similar poll found we wanted to stay in Europe by a margin of 68 per cent to 19 per cent
Fears of further violence in Egypt after opposition claims widespread fraud in referendum that approved Islamist-backed constitutionMulsim Brotherhood say constitution got backing of 64 per cent of votersBut National Salvation Front say 'irregularities' should be investigatedOpposition group voters stayed away due to fears of electoral abuse | UPDATED: 18:59 GMT, 23 December 2012 Egypt's opposition claimed widespread fraud after a referendum gave approval to an Islamist-backed constitution. The constitution, which has provoked large scale demonstrations and riots, got the backing of 64 per cent of voters it was claimed today by the Muslim Brotherhood, the main group backing the charter
Obama tells Cameron why Britain should stay in the European UnionUS President and UK Premier use hour-long call to discuss rising tide of Euroscepticism in BritainWhite House is anxious that withdrawal from Brussels would damage transatlantic relations | UPDATED: 15:15 GMT, 19 December 2012 Barack Obama has warned Britain against leaving the European Union, it emerged today. The US President used a call to David Cameron to urge him to resist calls to abandon Brussels, ahead of the PM delivering a major speech on Europe in the New Year. But President Obama is understood to be backing Mr Cameron's approach in his fight for a 'better deal for Britain'.
Immigration and welfare, not Europe, are the issues driving Tory defections to UKIP Survey of 20,000 commissioned by former Tory vice chairman Lord AshcroftPoll suggests many Tory voters will return if Government delivers on welfare, immigration and the deficit Lord Ashcroft warns promise of EU referendum will not stop increase in UKIP supportSays many voters view EU polls as seriously as the Eurovision Song Contest | UPDATED: 07:56 GMT, 18 December 2012 More than one in ten Conservative voters at the last election now backs the anti-Brussels UK Independence Party, according to a poll commissioned by former Tory vice chairman Lord Ashcroft (pictured) More than one in ten Conservative voters at the last election now backs the anti-Brussels UK Independence Party, but many will return to the fold if the Government delivers on immigration, welfare and the deficit, a poll suggests today. Just a quarter of those considering voting UKIP name relations with Europe as one of the top three issues facing Britain, according to the survey commissioned by former Tory vice chairman Lord Ashcroft.
Give us an EU referendum before 2015 election, urges Boris as he says it would not be ‘the end of the world’ if Britain leftLondon Mayor says public pressure on referendum has become unstoppableHe has acknowledged is unlikely to see one before 2015Three opinion polls have revealed UKIP as the country's third political party | UPDATED: 01:34 GMT, 17 December 2012 Boris Johnson yesterday called for a referendum on Europe before the 2015 election – and said it would not be ‘the end of the world’ for Britain to leave. The London Mayor insisted that he would like Britain to remain within a common market-style European Union, if David Cameron can negotiate a deal that sees us freed from costly employment regulations and wasteful initiative like the Common Agricultural Policy. But he said public pressure for a referendum on Europe – including the question of Britain’s membership of the EU – had become unstoppable.