Britain and the Common Market

  • Konni Zilliacus
Keywords: History, Political Economy


The European Economic Community, generally known as the Common Market, was founded nearly five years ago. What it is and stands for cannot be understood without reference to its origins. Nor can the decision of the British Tory government to apply for admission now, after holding aloof for all these years—although it would have been much easier and more advantageous to go in on the ground floor when the situation was fluid and Britain's accession was regarded as well-nigh essential—be understood without considering Britain's relationship to the United States.