British Culture and Society

Debate.

Arguments for Britain to leave the EU:

Free trade, but not political union, with Europe. We are the EU’s largest export market: they depend on us for jobs – not the other way around.

So leaving the EU would create more jobs for Britons instead of EU workers

We need to regain control of the borders and of immigration – and this is only possible by leaving the EU.

Leaving the EU will prevent foreign criminals entering the UK – by re-introducing border controls that the EU forced us to abandon.

It is too easy for immigrants to come to UK and get financial support and the job from Britons. Redegør for GB negative forhold til EU, og hvorfor de altid har været EU skeptiske, pros og cons for medlemskab af eu

Artikel – david cameron har udtalt at han ville holde EU valg i 2017

– Og vurder udfaldet

Redegør for opbygningen og rollen af parlamentet, går det godt i house of commons? (artikel)

jeg skulle svare på hvad partiernes bestemmelser var på velfærd området og det andet spørgsmål var mere rettet til selve artiklen, men spørgsmålet var: why welfare is an election winner.

jeg skulle give ‘a brief acount of the creation of the 4 nations’, og så noget omkring devolution, med betydningen heraf i forhold til britishness og pros and cons i forhold til devolution

Jeg skulle fortælle om UK efter 2. verdenskrig, om forskelle conservatives and Labour og så pros og cons for EU og Scottish independenc

BRITAIN AND EUROPE

  • Trace the development of the European project from ‘Common Market’ to ‘Union’, from the ECC to the EU.

1952: The European coal and steel community

1957: The Treaty of Rome à EEC. The European Economic Community.

1965: EC. The European Community

1986: SEA. The Single European Act. Created the single market.

1992: The treaty of Maastricht à the beginning of EU.

2007: The Lisbon Treaty

Widening of the EU – expansion.

  • From 6 to 28 members of countries
  • More difficult to agree

Deepening of the EU – more and more political union.

  • How do you explain Britain’s reluctant stance on Europe? Is it justified to refer to Britain as ‘the reluctant European’? (cf. box 8.2)
  • Global role
  • At that time Britain still had a part of their empire, and therefore no need to corporate with Europe.
  • Churchill said that Britain had 3 main interests. Europe, the empire/commonwealth and the USA. Britain was in the middle of these and had connections to them all.
  • The Island mentality – was separated from the rest of Europe and didn’t consider themselves a total part of Europe
  • Different goals
  • Lack of information to the population, and they are therefore hostile.
  • Very hostile media. Almost all papers questions the membership of the EU

 

  • How do the major political parties look upon Europe?
  • The Conservative doesn’t want the EU and the trade part. But the got Britain into the EU, but have change position since. So they has gone from EU friendly to EU hostile.
  • The Labour has gone from being EU hostile to being EU friendly
  • Lib-dems is the most pro EU party in Britain
  • UKIP: Very hostile. Wants Britain out of EU.
  • Give an account of the attitude of the British public to the EU. How would you describe the role of the media?

Scotland is more positive than England. They don’t feel the same immigration as England, and have got a lot of good thing out of the membership.

There is also a age difference. Old people are more hostile than young people. National identity is not quit as important to young people as to old people.

  • How would you assess the significance of the special relationship with the US for Britain’s commitment to Europe?
  • Britain had a lot of colonies over there.
  • What according to McCormick is the difference between the American ‘views of problems and solutions’ and that of Europe? (p. 231)

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