RACIAL EQUALITY AND ‘1992’
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Underlying all British discussions of the European Community are two major difficulties. One is a near-universal British ignorance of the Community’s character, structure and purposes. The other, which is particularly important in discussions of rights and opportunities, is the large difference between British constitutional law, legal habits of thought and political history and the political and constitutional norms of Continental countries. Of course the latter differ among themselves, but there is still a marked difference between British habits of thought on these matters and Continental thinking in general. Because Britain came late into it, the Community’s laws and structures are entirely of Continental formation, and as a result there are continual misunderstandings between disputants from Britain and from other countries about the very bases of their discussions. Add to these difficulties a dash of British insularity, and a taste of conviction that British ways are best, and one has a potent recipe for getting nowhere.