The political history of Britain and Europe during the 1960's: why Charles de Gaulle rejected Britain's attempts to join the EEC.
This lecture analyses the background to Harold Macmillan's decision in 1961 to join the European Community, a reversal of previous Conservative policy. Labour opposed entry, although, in office after 1964, it too sought to join the Community. But Britain's second application in 1967, under a Labour government, also met with a rebuff from President de Gaulle of France.
The transcript and downloadable versions of the lecture are available from the Gresham College website: gresham.ac.uk/lectures-and-events/the-decision-to-seek-entry-into-the-european-community
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