The departure of the British Conservatives from the main centre-right group, the European Peoples’ Party (EPP) was a promise David Cameron made in his successful bid to be Conservative leader.

It is said that this move took the UK out of the mainstream of European politics and furthered a drift away from Europe. Others countered that the Conservative’s push for reform was incompatible with the more federally inclined EPP.

The Conservatives have retained some influence, not least because of...

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