‘A wider debate on how Europe shapes British policy making is now needed’ | J. Morphet- LSE

‘A wider debate on how Europe shapes British policy making is now needed’ | J. Morphet- LSE

The UK joined the EU with its head not with its heart. Changes in world trade and the growing European market meant a re-evaluation of the UK’s position. Whilst an Atlanticist longing remained for some British politicians, it was clear that the US defined the UK as being the friend in the EU not the partner outside it. Once a member, the UK retained its post-war position, assuming leadership and policy transfer without revising its focus of attention or its negotiating methods to suit the emerging institutional culture.

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