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Britain's relations with the European Union have had a difficult path from the start. Since , the UK refused to join the EU founding group, and later was twice. Where do we stand on Europe? Read on to find out about the British coalition Government's approach to the European Union. 'Active and activist' from the. It would preserve the UK's and the EU's frictionless access to each other's . The future relationship also needs to be informed by both the UK and the EU taking.
The document concluded paragraph 26 that it was advisable to put the considerations of influence and power before those of formal sovereignty.David Cameron on the Future of Britain's Relationship with the EU
United Kingdom European Communities membership referendum, Inthe United Kingdom held its first ever national referendum on whether the UK should remain in the European Communities. The governing Labour Partyled by Harold Wilsonhad contested the October general election with a commitment to renegotiate Britain's terms of membership of the EC and then hold a referendum on whether to remain in the EC on the new terms.
However, there were significant divides within the ruling Labour Party; a one-day party conference voted by two to one in favour of withdrawal,  and seven of the 23 cabinet ministers were opposed to EC membership,  with Harold Wilson suspending the constitutional convention of Cabinet collective responsibility to allow those ministers to publicly campaign against the government.
On 5 Junethe electorate were asked to vote yes or no on the question: The opposition Labour Party campaigned in the general election on a commitment to withdraw from the EC without a referendum.
The Labour Party subsequently changed its policy. Maastricht Treaty and Referendum party[ edit ] Thatcher resigned as Prime Minister in Novemberamid internal divisions within the Conservative Party that arose partly from her increasingly Eurosceptic views.
I can testify to one illustration of that. I conveyed the request and Barroso, who was on a visit to Washington, readily agreed and flew to Belfast the following day. Many will recall the photos of Paisley and McGuinness smiling and laughing together the day after they entered office. Probably few will recall that Barroso was also in those photographs. Paisley had had the political intelligence to realise that, even visually, the wider EU context was crucial.
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At a recent Oxford seminar which I attended on the origins of the peace process, British and Irish veterans of the Northern Ireland negotiations offered their personal insights into the complexities of those negotiations. It occurred to me that these insights and their legacy could provide much needed guidance on Brexit.
There is a crying need today for the statesmanship which came to characterise the peace process. There is a need for political leadership with a similar sense of history, which understands that the stakes are far more important than the next soundbite or tabloid headline or internal party bloodletting.
There is an urgent need for people who can handle infinite complexity; who understand that compromise is not a dirty word and that diplomacy is not surrender. The following is an indicative outline of each week's topics.
Note that the seminar questions differ for the UG and MSc students. Is it accurate to term the UK an 'awkward partner' within the EU? How far are these conditions found elsewhere? What are the implications? Why has Europe proved a problem for the Conservatives?
EU4A1 The Politics and Policies of 'Brexit': The UK's changing relationship with the European Union
What challenges are posed from 're-patriating' policies such as immigration; agriculture; industrial strategy? What are the implications for the EU?
What is the likely impact on the City? How significant are the opportunities and threats for the UK?