This chapter analyses what could be called ‘core’, or well-established, EU policies. Some (such as the budget, CAP, the common market and social policy) were established before Britain joined. Others (such as regional development and the environment) were not in the Treaty of Rome but have become key aspects of the EU policy agenda. The chapter will assess Britain’s variable role in policy design and development, and analyse effects of these policies in Britain (which now vary because of devolution). The chapter thus combines both the ‘Britain in Europe’ and ‘Europe in Britain’ themes as we begin to explore the ways in which Britain has sought to pursue its interests at EU level, and also look at how Europe hits home by affecting domestic politics.
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