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Anglo-German relations and Britain's policy towards the European Economic Community

Terry Macintyre

in Anglo-German Relations During the Labour Governments 1964-70

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print December 2007 | ISBN: 9780719076008
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781701485 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7228/manchester/9780719076008.003.0009
Anglo-German relations and Britain's policy towards the European Economic Community

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This chapter discusses the events leading up to Britain's decision in 1967 to reapply for membership of the European Community and bilateral contacts with Germany after the application was rejected. Harold Wilson proved to be the key figure in establishing British policy towards membership of the EEC, as he coaxed a divided Labour government into supporting a second application. The chapter argues that although this strategy did not succeed, it did serve to demonstrate a more convincing commitment to Europe and placed Britain in a position from which membership of the EEC could be negotiated once de Gaulle had left the scene. Again, Britain's approach to Europe and the strategy of a close relationship with Germany were key foreign policy issues of the period.

Keywords: European Economic Community; bilateral contract; Germany; Britain; Harold Wilson; Labour government; foreign policy; Europe

Chapter.  13454 words. 

Subjects: UK Politics

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