When the European Community was set up in 1958, the forerunner to today's European Union, Britain declined to join. By 1961, however, the British Government had decided the country's interests would be best served by joining Europe. This talk will examine the arguments made for and against joining, and will consider what brought about this dramatic reversal in Britain's position with regards to Europe.
‘When the European Community was set up in 1958, Britain declined to join. By 1961, however, the British Government had completely reversed that position.’
Luc-Andre Brunet is Lecturer in Twentieth-Century European History at The Open University and author of Forging Europe: Industrial Organisation in France, 1940-1952. His work deals with the international history of the twentieth century, with a focus on European integration, the Second Cold War, and the Cold War.