Radio 4 Today Presenter and the BBC's former political editor Nick Robinson presents an authoritative and impartial two-part series exploring the turbulent history of the UK's relationship with 'Europe' - the Common Market, the EEC and now the EU.
For decades it has divided the public, torn political parties apart, felled prime ministers and baffled, bemused and angered our neighbours in Europe. The question the country has faced again and again is whether we should be partners or spectators, take part in or stand aside from the post-war project of a union of European nations. We have - in other words - struggled with a simple question: does Europe mean ‘them' or ‘us'?
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Voice of the People
Episode 1x2; Apr 19, 2016
This second programme goes behind the closed doors of Whitehall and Brussels to hear from the decision-makers about the twists and turns in Britain's relationship with the EEC, now EU.
It examines the way the first European referendum was fought 40 years ago, and the changes in the European project since then. After the British people gave their consent in 1975 to Harold Wilson's referendum, successive governments have battled to maintain that consent, from Margaret Thatcher's rebate battle to John Major's Black Wednesday and Maastrict rebels to Tony Blair's position on joining the European single currency, the rise of UKIP, and to the current debate following David Cameron's proposal of an in-out referendum this June.
1x2: Voice of the People
1x1: An Island Apart
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