Britain and the Common Market

Britain and the Common Market

Britain and the Common Market

Britain and the Common Market

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On 24 July, 1961, Mr Macmillan announced that the Government would apply for membership of the European Economic Community. If Britain joins, it will be our most momentous political act, certainly for decades, probably for centuries. The British public can seldom have been so ill-prepared for such an important decision.

This book is intended to show what membership would mean to us: the nature of the Community; the economic prospects; the future of the Commonwealth; the issue of sovereignty. I have tried to set out the essentials so that the reader can judge for himself, but I thought it best to write from a frankly European point of view. Nobody who is interested in a subject of this sort can avoid having opinions about it, and it is best that the reader should know what they are from the start.

Because events have moved so fast, I wrote the book in four weeks, finishing on the day of Mr Macmillan's announcement. I apologize for any errors or omissions; there would have been far more but for the kindness of Christopher Layton, Pauline Lewin and Roy Pryce, who read the manuscript at very short notice and made countless valuable suggestions. Nor would it have been possible to produce the book so quickly but for Mrs S. Warbey, Jean Bradshaw and Avril Vincent, who typed it, and the great speed with which the publishers and printers worked. I am very grateful to them all.

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