Britain and Europe 1964 – 75

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Britain and Europe 1964 – 75

  • As the leader of the failed negotiations to Britain’s entry into the EEC in 1961, Heath was convinced of the need for Britain to be a member.
  • The Labour Party in 1964 was less convinced, but gradually the pro Europeans in the cabinet such as Roy Jenkins held sway and the economic arguments began to make sense.
  •  Despite a series of promising meetings, De Gaulle insisted that Britain remove itself from the ‘special relationship’ with the


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