// Year of the Planet. 2014. Yearbook. P. 266-277
Abstract. The article analyses the major trends in economic, social and political life of Britain that can affect the results of forthcoming general election to be held in May 2015. The UK economy has been recovering at a relatively strong rate compared to other G7 economies, although some structural problems remain. The achievements by the anti-EU and anti-immigration UK Independence Party in the local elections in England and the Euro poll seriously changed the political landscape of the country. At the referendum 19 September 2014 Scotland rejected independence and voted to stay in the United Kingdom. The UK's relationship with the EU continued to be strained. In 2014 British government took the lead, with France and Germany, in imposing punitive sanctions by the EU against Russia.