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This e-book examines Conservative backbench debate on eu integration and British family members within the center East among 1948 and 1957. In looking to examine the impression of a free association of Conservative MPs, an geared up faction of longstanding and an ad-hoc strain team, the textual content concentrates upon the Europeanists, the Suez crew and the Anti-Suez team and considers their makes an attempt to steer British overseas coverage, utilizing interviews with former parliamentarians and modern resources, released and unpublished.

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Backbench Debate within the Conservative Party and its Influence on British Foreign Policy, 1948–57

This ebook examines Conservative backbench debate on ecu integration and British family within the center East among 1948 and 1957. In trying to examine the effect of a unfastened association of Conservative MPs, an equipped faction of longstanding and an ad-hoc strain crew, the textual content concentrates upon the Europeanists, the Suez crew and the Anti-Suez staff and considers their makes an attempt to steer British international coverage, utilizing interviews with former parliamentarians and modern resources, released and unpublished.

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41 Eden also attended, more out of a sense of duty than any enthusiasm for the cause,42 and his presence, despite the contingent of 41 Labour MPs who had defied 'Bevin's diktat', 43 reinforced the impression that the Conservative party favoured the emerging European cause, whereas the Labour party did not. ' 44 The central figure was Churchill, 45 the main The Conservative Party and Europe 39 speaker, placing himself at the head of the European unity movement which was endorsed by so many Continental leaders and politicians.

By his own admission,87 MacDonald was sceptical about European federation and Britain's participation in any such moves, but he was impressed by the enthusiasm on the Continent. All depended on what shape the policy took: if this required the surrender of British sovereignty, then he was against joining such an organization. Like MacDonald, Roberts was originally involved (as Secretary) in Ronald Mackay's British Group of European Parliamentary Union (EPU). Considerable tension developed within this committee between Mackay's band of federalists and those Conservatives and National Liberals who favoured a looser British association with Europe.

Support for this motion was widely canvassed. The highly public manner in which Churchill and his UEM committee chose to put before Atdee the results of the Hague Congress and its main proposals was a deliberate reproof: the theatre of their procession from the House of Commons to Downing Street51 undoubtedly appealed to Churchill's sense of mischief, but also conveyed the sense of frustration and dissatisfaction felt by pro-European politicians at Labour's reaction to Continental events. Behind the scenes Conservative MPs were increasingly agitated.

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