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UK 2015: is UKIP poised to shake up the political system?

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By Euronews
UK 2015: is UKIP poised to shake up the political system?

<p>Euroscepticism looks set to be a key motivator in the United Kingdom, which will hold general elections in May 2015, most probably on the 7th. Like Spain, Britain also had a functioning two-party system before the 2008 crisis, making coalitions relatively uncommon. But the rise of the anti-immigration <span class="caps">UKIP</span> party is seriously threatening this system. A coalition between the Conservative Party and the Labour Party or an agreement between the Tories and <span class="caps">UKIP</span> both seem impossible for now, but either would be conceivable if no party wins enough seats to govern on its own. So far, a hung parliament seems to be the most probable outcome, as <a href="http://electionsetc.com/" rel="external">predicted</a> by two political scientists.</p> <p>Britain has always been more or less, and relatively, Eurosceptic, but the rise of <span class="caps">UKIP</span> in recent years suggests that the party of Nigel Farage is going to have an important role to play in these elections. Listing a remarkable number of uncertainties linked with May 2015’s elections – among them the uber question “Will Britain remain in the EU?”- pundits are already speaking about a <a href="http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2014/nov/05/coalition-minority-government-or-oblivion-may-2015-general-election" rel="external">“UKIP factor”</a> that could put an end, at least for the foreseeable future, to the old hegemony of two-party politics.</p>