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(p. 108) 5. The United Kingdom: Towards Isolation and a Parting of the Ways? 

(p. 108) 5. The United Kingdom: Towards Isolation and a Parting of the Ways?
(p. 108) 5. The United Kingdom: Towards Isolation and a Parting of the Ways?

David Allen

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This chapter examines the history of the United Kingdom’s relationship with the European integration process. Britain’s relations with the European Union is characterized by partial Europeanization. The British ruling elite, especially the civil service, has been Europeanized. However, the political parties have been beset by internal divisions on European integration, while the British public has not been supportive of integration. The chapter first provides an overview of the UK’s European diplomacy before discussing the impact of Europeanization on British politics. It then considers the differing levels of accommodation with European integration and the changes that have accompanied the coming to power in 2010 of the Conservative–Liberal Democrat coalition after a lengthy period of Labour rule (1997–2010). The chapter concludes by comparing the UK’s experience with those of fellow member states Ireland and Denmark.

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