During the past fifty years few issues in British politics have generated such heated controversy as Britain's approach to European integration. Why has Europe had such an explosive impact on British politics? What impelled British policymakers to embrace a European destiny and why did they take such a cautious approach? These are some of the key issues addressed inThe Reluctant Europeans. This new study draws upon recently available source material providing a clear chronological account and covering events right up to Blair's first year in office and the launch of the Euro.

chapter |8 pages


chapter 1|16 pages

Britain, Europe and the Audit of War

chapter 4|14 pages

The Case for Association

chapter 6|13 pages

The Commonwealth Dimension

chapter 7|14 pages

From Messina to Rome

chapter 8|15 pages

On the Defensive

chapter 9|16 pages

From Application to Veto

chapter 10|11 pages

Ancient Rivalries

chapter 11|16 pages

Labour's Retreat into Europe

chapter 12|16 pages

Mission Accomplished

chapter 13|14 pages

Renegotiating ‘Tory Terms'

chapter 16|14 pages

More U-turns: Labour and the EC in the 1980s

chapter 19|9 pages

‘At the Heart of Europe'?

chapter 20|9 pages

Opting out: the Maastricht Treaty Review

chapter 21|17 pages

Eurosceptics versus Europhiles

chapter 21|12 pages

‘War at Last': the Beef Crisis of 1996