Radice, an advocate of closer integration with Europe, examines the history of Britain's reluctance to become to closely associated with a greater Europe. He argues that suspicion of Europe must be cast aside if Britain is to profit from the European Community, and supports the movement towards a European framework in which to decide issues relating to welfare, the environment, democratic rights, monetary policy and external policy. The book is a pro-European polemic.
List of Cartoons. Preface. Introduction. Part I: Reluctant Europeans. 1. 'A Thousand Years of History'. 2. 'Offshore' Attitudes. 3. 'Perfidious Albion'. 4. Missing European Boats. Part II: Joining the Mainland. 5. European Destiny. 6. Citizens of Europe. 7. The Conversion of the Political Class?. Conclusion: At the Heart of Europe. Notes. Index.