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Europe: a necessary context

Arthur Aughey

in The Politics of Englishness

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print April 2007 | ISBN: 9780719068720
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781701300 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7228/manchester/9780719068720.003.0009
Europe: a necessary context

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This chapter looks at the ‘necessary context’ of Europe, in which many of the arguments about English identity are now being discussed. It explains that those who support the integration of England into the European Union believe that the process is historically inevitable, while those against the integration argued that it is politically undesirable. Despite their very different objectives, however, both pro-European and anti-European arguments have shared a common thesis of inevitability. The chapter also discusses aspects of English divergence in Europe, and suggests that the European Union is of value only so long as it ditches the unwarranted presumption to tell people that they are European and that they must act in a prescribed manner.

Keywords: Europe; English identity; integration; European Union; historically inevitable; politically inevitable

Chapter.  8860 words. 

Subjects: UK Politics

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