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A mission for Britain

Federalism has threatened to become the dominant force in the EU. But the nation-state is back. Britain can now feel comfortable

By Michael Maclay   March 2000

The past six months has been a grim time for British supporters of European integration in general, and the euro in particular. The French beef ban, the EU-inspired attack on two successful London markets (the eurobond market and the contemporary art market) in the name of single market harmonisation, and the perceived failure of the euro, together have taken some of the shine off the improvement in Britain’s relations with the EU, which began in May 1997. The scepticism towards the euro is, in part, a function of the success of the British economy-performing better than it has for a…

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