Available in the National Library of Australia collection. Author: Gifford, Chris, ; Format: Book; pages ; 24 cm. The Making of Eurosceptic Britain. Book · January with Reads. Edition 2. ISBN Publisher: Ashgate. Authors and Editors. Gifford, Chris The Making of Eurosceptic Britain: Identity and Economy in a Post-Imperial State. Ashgate Publishing, Aldershot.


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While Labour was prepared to Europeanise policy and accept a reduced role for national the making of eurosceptic britain in decision-making, this was legitimated on the belief in British leadership and influence.

This was an attempt to renew the governing strategy on Europe in the guise of Third Way modernisation.

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This was illustrative of how British governments have not just expressed distinctive national interests in the process of European integration, but have been a vehicle for international and global projects that represent an alternative model of politico-economic development.

This proved increasingly difficult to sustain outside of the Euro and in the face of new integrationist developments, particularly the Constitutional and Lisbon Treaties.

Such developments provided new opportunities for Eurosceptic mobilisations, backed by the virulent anti-Europeanism of large sections of the press, particularly those the making of eurosceptic britain by Rupert Murdoch, which fuelled the scepticism of British public opinion.

Meanwhile, the Eurozone crisis was successfully constituted as a threat to British economic recovery, and a dangerous experiment from which Britain must be kept apart. For the Conservative leadership, the hope was that the European Union Bill would placate Eurosceptics by putting a halt on any further integration without a referendum.

This was not the case and the Eurosceptic surge that followed was consistent with the pattern that was seen in earlier mobilisations. It was an extra-parliamentary populist movement, constituted in opposition to the governing position and provided with new ammunition as the Eurozone crisis unfolded.

It was particularly successful in mainstreaming the possibility of British withdrawal as a legitimate position. Notably, the low salience of EU issues for domestic public opinion was challenged by high profile concerns about immigration, as controls on the free movement Bulgarians and Romanians came to an end.

The rise of UKIP in polls and elections signalled the coming of age of an anti-establishment, Eurosceptic populism to which the Conservative leadership struggled to find a the making of eurosceptic britain to.


The concession by Cameron of a future referendum on membership left the Conservative leadership in the unenviable position of having to achieve significant EU reform in line with The making of eurosceptic britain ideas of an open and flexible EU.

Moreover, a competences review designed to provide the basis for a possible reform agenda largely supported the status quo.

The Making of Eurosceptic Britain: Identity and Economy in a Post-Imperial State

It demonstrated the extent to which British governance and policy had become transnational and Europeanised largely in line with the ideas of functional integration that the European founding fathers had envisaged. Nevertheless, Eurosceptic arguments for a post-exit Britain along the lines of Switzerland and Norway began to enter the public debate as serious alternatives to the governing the making of eurosceptic britain.

British political and economic power could not be ignored by the EU, so the argument went, and would enable a successful re-negotiation on favourable terms. On this view, freed from the constraints of the EU, Britain would be able to revive its global mission by building on the making of eurosceptic britain connections with the Anglosphere and fully exploiting global economic opportunities.

Most importantly sovereignty and British democracy would be reclaimed.

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The timing of the second edition is no accident. This has led to cooler relations between Britain and Europe over issues such as free movement, defence and the budget.

The central argument in the work is that these reappearing issues are ones that tend to get framed in a way that excludes Britain from Europe. There was, Gifford argues, an underlying post-imperial the making of eurosceptic britain which underpinned entry to Europe; a result of wishing to stay relevant even after imperialism p.

Despite being anti-EC membership in the 60s, economic crises convinced the Labour leadership to pursue a second application for EC membership as a way out of their woes p.

As Gifford points out p. Inthe vote in the House of Commons on applying the making of eurosceptic britain the EC was won by the biggest majority in the 20th Century, with only 26 voting against the motion p.

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This might be seen as the high point for Europe, with widespread corporate, political and the making of eurosceptic britain support. The second application for membership was, nevertheless, comprehensively rejected by De Gaulle. This was still a high-point of consensus around Europe and it resulted in the first significant mobilisation of Eurosceptic forces in reaction.

This book goes beyond existing narrative and institutional accounts of Britain and Europe by presenting a theoretically coherent and unique perspective on this troubled relationship.


Populist Euroscepticism has become fundamental to constituting Britain and Britishness in a post-imperial context, despite membership of the European The making of eurosceptic britain. This interesting study focuses not on outlining history or the impact of British integration on British institutions, but on the ways in which elite behaviour towards European integration should be analysed as practices and discourses that use Euroesceptism to construct Britain and distinctive British political projects.

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