Pressure groups

Robert F. Dewey

in British National Identity and Opposition to Membership of Europe, 1961-63

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print March 2009 | ISBN: 9780719078712
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781702147 | DOI:
Pressure groups

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This chapter examines the activities of opposition anti-Market pressure groups. It charts the affairs of organisations defined as ‘single-issue groups’ which included Keep Britain Out (KBO) and the Forward Britain Movement (FBM). It also considers youth and women's groups, Protestant conspiracy theorists, Commonwealth lobbies and associations on the far right, such as the League of Empire Loyalists (LEL) and True Tories. This chapter suggests that what truly united the pressure groups were banal assumptions about the sanctity of national freedom and a common perception that Britain's independence and international status were increasingly vulnerable.

Keywords: pressure groups; anti-Market movement; KBO; FBM; national freedom; independence; international status; LEL; True Tories

Chapter.  18021 words. 

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