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Robert Blake and Wm. Roger Louis

Print publication date: 1996

Print ISBN-13: 9780198206262

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198206262.001.0001

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Churchill and Europe

Churchill and Europe

(p.443) 25 Churchill and Europe

Max Beloff

Oxford University Press

In the period since Winston Churchill quit office for the last time in 1955, the question of Britain's relations with the process of European integration has been a recurrent one for successive British governments, and a source of conflict between and within the principal political parties. Despite the many changes on the world political scene, including above all the disappearance of the British Commonwealth as a serious factor in international affairs, Churchill was thought to be an early convert to the idea of a united Europe. Churchill had to face the question of what role economic integration might play in Europe. His own instincts were those of a free-trader. He did not think that Britain's imperial or its European economic policy need conflict with that of the United States. Nothing could have been further from Churchill's thoughts than the emergence of a European super-state presenting exactly those pretensions to executive authority, which he regarded as the prerogative of the nation-state.

Keywords:   Winston Churchill, Britain, Europe, economic integration, United States, nation-state, economic policy

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