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By Helen Parr

Harold Wilson’s obvious volte-face on eu neighborhood club within the autumn of 1966 has lengthy wondered commentators and Wilson’s colleagues alike. in line with interviews, inner most papers and lately published proof from the nationwide documents, this publication offers a clean interpretation of Wilson’s coverage in the direction of the eu Community.

Studying the improvement of Britain’s coverage among 1964 whilst Harold Wilson took workplace, and 1967 whilst the French President common de Gaulle vetoed Britain’s club software for a moment time, this booklet examines the reason behind the British approach, explaining why Wilson introduced an initiative for club while the French appeared bound to hinder. additionally discussing Wilson’s dealing with of the cupboard, and laying off mild on Britain’s international relations in the direction of the Six, this paintings areas British coverage in the direction of Europe in the context of its international coverage transition from a world to a neighborhood function.

Examining a big occasion in Anglo-European kinfolk, this is often crucial examining for college kids of post-war British historical past, and for these drawn to Britain’s old courting with Europe.

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Wilson told Hetherington that he did not think de Gaulle’s threats to leave NATO or the EEC were purely brinkmanship. Pressed by the editor that surely Erhard would not discard European integration for the sake of cereal prices, Wilson replied that the German Chancellor was in an impossible electoral position and could have little choice. He continued: if de Gaulle did leave the Common Market, then there would be a magnificent opportunity for Britain. What would it be? A free trade area, taking in the Five, as well as the EFTA countries, and perhaps going beyond.

Britain and Europe were lagging behind America in the most developed industries of computers, aircraft, energy, space, telecommunications and electronics. There was the risk of a brain drain to the US and the prospect that if Britain failed to develop her own alternatives, the US could refuse access to the latest discoveries. Economists felt it was not lack of technological knowledge alone that kept Britain in second rank to the US, but the fact that the US had a much larger domestic market, which provided a larger base for investment in research.

414); Broad (2001, p. 52). 10 Ibid. (pp. 51–2). 11 Memorandum to Kennedy, 11 December 1962, cited in Williams (1992, pp. 396, 402, 404). 12 Robins (1979, p. 29). 13 Ludlow (1997a, pp. 140–51). 14 Ibid. (pp. 104–6). 15 Williams (1992, pp. 402–3). 16 Ludlow (1997a, pp. 151–4). 17 Robins (1979, pp. 30–1); Broad (2001, p. 50). 18 See also Catterall (2000, pp. 97–8).

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