The British attitudes toward European Union project of 1975

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This paper examines the British attitudes toward the issues of the European Community movement to the next stage of integration. The author focuses on the lengthy report on European Union by the Belgian Prime Minister L. Tindemans. The author analyzes three main directions of movement toward political union. They are firstly, the issues of the common foreign policy which proved to be the main reasons for building Europe; secondly, the proposals on economic and monetary union which were the most critical in Britain; thirdly, the institutional developments which were not of a federalist nature and commented on by the British officials in a positive tone. The author argues that those points in the report which did not suit the UK interests, the British government intended to settle down during negotiations by their exception or granting of special conditions to the United Kingdom.
Translated title of the contributionПозиция Великобритании по проекту Европейского Союза 1975 г.
Original languageEnglish
Article number2051028
Pages (from-to)38-48
Number of pages11
JournalHistory Research
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2019


  • L. Tindemans' Report
  • The European Integration
  • The Political Union
  • Common Foreign Policy
  • The Economic and Monetary Union


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