The government’s efforts to join the EEC in the years 1961 to 1973 were largely due to Britain’s decline as a world power

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The government's efforts to join the EEC in the years 1961 to 1973 were largely due to Britain's
decline as a world power. After the comfort of the post-war period, Britain's decolonisation, her
dwindling `special relationship' with the USA and the consequences of the crisis in the Middle East
shocked…

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Britain's decline as world power seemed to parallel the increasing economic instability emerging
during the 1960s, and so it is very likely that the government's decisions to join the EEC were also for
key economic reasons.
By 1957 the economy was encountering serious problems centred mainly on international payments
and…

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