We have a changed political landscape after the European elections, both within Ireland and across Europe. While Ireland shifted sharply to the left, with the election of three Sinn Féin MEPs alongside Luke “Ming” Flanagan, Europe lurched strongly to the right.

The United Kingdom Independence Party (Ukip) gained 11 seats, and now have more MEPs than either British Labour or the Conservatives. As their name suggests, they are actively against the EU itself, and want the UK to disengage from the European institutions. They also oppose the CAP, and would withdraw all funding from and participation in it.