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This booklet presents a complete research of the competitors of Britain’s first try and sign up for the ecu fiscal neighborhood (EEC), among the assertion of Harold Macmillan’s new coverage initiative in July 1961 and normal de Gaulle’s veto of Britain’s software for club in January 1963. specifically, this research examines the function of nationwide identification in shaping either the formula and articulation of arguments recommend by way of those rivals of Britain’s coverage. up to now, experiences of Britain’s unsuccessful bid for access have considering excessive political research of international relations and coverage formula. In such a lot money owed, merely passing reference is made to household competition. This publication redresses the stability by way of offering a extra entire depiction of the competition flow and a particular procedure that proceeds from a ‘low political’ perspective. As such, the e-book emphasises protest and populism of the type exercised by way of, between others, Fleet highway crusaders on the day-by-day exhibit, strain teams comparable to the Anti-Common marketplace League and ahead Britain flow, specialist pundits like A. J. P. Taylor, Sir Arthur Bryant and William Pickles, in addition to constituency activists, self sustaining parliamentary applicants, pamphleteers, letter writers and maverick MPs. In its attention of a gaggle principally neglected in prior money owed, the ebook presents crucial insights into the highbrow, structural, populist and nationalist dimensions of early Euroscepticism. The e-book can be of important curiosity to either students and scholars of nationwide id, Britain’s courting with Europe and the Commonwealth, strain teams and get together politics, and the trajectory of the Eurosceptic phenomenon.

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