Britain and Europe

Ian Loveland

in The British Constitution in the Twentieth Century

Published by British Academy

Published in print June 2004 | ISBN: 9780197263198
Published online February 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191734755 | DOI:

Series: British Academy Centenary Monographs

Britain and Europe

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This chapter examines the changes in Great Britain's relationship with the rest of Europe during the twentieth century. Britain's membership to the European Community (EC) has significantly affected constitutional understandings because it required the transfer of law-making authority from Britain to its fellow EC member states and the institutions of the Community. In this light, it can be argued that accession to the Community has proved by far the most significant constitutional innovation undertaken by any government in the twentieth century.

Keywords: Great Britain; Europe; European Community; law-making authority; constitutional innovation

Chapter.  9742 words. 

Subjects: Politics

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