The History and Constitutional Basis of the European Union

Nigel Foster

in Foster on EU Law

Sixth edition

Published on behalf of © Nigel Foster 2017

Published in print June 2017 | ISBN: 9780198794608
Published online September 2017 | e-ISBN: 9780191852428 | DOI:
The History and Constitutional Basis of the European Union

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This chapter considers the rationale for the EU, why it was established, what it is, and some of the difficulties encountered along that path to the present day. The discussions cover the motives for European integration; the founding of the European Communities; the relationship of the UK with the European Communities and Union including the Brexit referendum result and possible consequences; the basic objectives and nature of the European Union; the widening and deepening of the Communities and Union; and future developments and conclusions.

Keywords: EU; European integration; European Communities; EU membership; eurozone; widening; deepening; UK; external relations; Brexit

Chapter.  25013 words. 

Subjects: EU Law

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