Download e-book for kindle: The Official History of Britain and the European Community, by Stephen Wall

By Stephen Wall

This is the second one quantity in The legitimate historical past of england and the eu Community, and describes the occasions from 1963 up until eventually the British referendum at the universal marketplace in 1975.

In 1963, common de Gaulle dashed top Minister Macmillan’s hopes of taking Britain into the ecu group (the universal Market). while Labour leading Minister Harold Wilson attempted back, de Gaulle back stated ‘no’. Six years later, best Minister Edward Heath took Britain into the EEC. yet via then the rustic used to be cut up and Harold Wilson, to maintain the Labour social gathering from vote casting to go away, undertook to renegotiate Britain’s club. whilst Labour received the 1974 election that renegotiation culminated within the first national referendum ever held within the United Kingdom.

The British humans voted by way of to at least one to stick within the ecu neighborhood, yet British club has been debatable ever considering. this is often the tale of why 3 very diverse major Ministers all concluded that, within the British nationwide curiosity, there has been no doable substitute to becoming a member of the typical marketplace. within the phrases and records of the time (those of politicians, diplomats and reporters from Britain, France and Germany) it relives the frustrations, successes and humiliations of British politicians as they wrestled with crucial factor in their new release. It exhibits, with the authority of the govt. papers of the day, the place and why today’s eu controversy began and why yesterday’s demanding situations, and how they have been faced, carry legitimate classes for our time.

This booklet should be of a lot curiosity to scholars of British political historical past, ecu Union politics, Diplomatic historical past and diplomacy in general.


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