In December 1962 UK Prime Minister Macmillan and US President Kennedy met at Nassau in the Bahamas for defence discussions. Kennedy agreed to arm British Polaris submarines, operating under NATO command, with nuclear missiles. The agreement infuriated President de Gaulle, who regarded it as evidence of Britain's continued orientation towards the USA, and that Britain was not genuinely interested in European integration. Four weeks later he vetoed the first British application to join the EEC.
Subjects: Contemporary History (Post 1945).