This chapter examines the ways in which the British state has organized for Europe and the impacts of European competencies on the organization of the British state. It does so against a backdrop of significant change in the organization of the British political system, particularly the movement of power ‘up’ to the EU and ‘down’ to sub-state nations in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. These moves challenge the ‘power hoarding’ assumptions of the Westminster model, and an approach to the analysis of British politics that is focused only on Whitehall and Westminster (Matthews, 2011). That having been said, Britain’s EU policy is a power that continues to reside with the Westminster government within a tightly coordinated policy network, although devolution has changed the ways in which Britain interacts with the EU, and also with how the EU affects Britain.
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