No account of political change in Britain can ignore the ways in which European integration works its way into the nooks and crannies of British political life. For more than 40 years, ‘Europe’ has become institutionalized as a core concern of the British state, with important effects on political actors, the strategic environment within which they operate, and the various elements that need to be accounted for when political change in Britain is assessed. This book has sought to account for these effects, for the changes that European integration has brought about in British politics, and has endeavoured to weigh these developments alongside other causes of change. The analysis has addressed the ways in which current engagement has been shaped by the past, but has also asked whether the past is a reliable guide to the future in light of both the increased politicization of the European issue and the wider debate about the EU’s future.
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