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Over the past decade the EU has become far friendlier to British interests, both economically and politically. Yet over the same period Euroscepticism in Britain has gained ground. The EU's constitutional treaty codifies the new pro-British EU, but few people seem happy to vote for it. What's gone wrong?

By Anand Menon   November 2004

It is barely six months since the prime minister made his dramatic Commons statement announcing a referendum on the European Union’s new constitutional treaty. Yet one could be forgiven for thinking that this was nothing but a bad dream, given the deafening silence about Europe since. The referendum campaign, it would seem, has been put on the backest of back burners. The government can win this vote, but to do so it must start to make its case. And that case must be one based on the fact that the EU, now more than ever, serves Britain’s interests well.


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