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Tony Blair's final chance to leave a lasting mark on Britain's relations with the EU is to trade in Britain's rebate for a decisive reform of the common agricultural policy

By Robert Jackson   November 2005

The demise of the European constitutional treaty after the French and Dutch referendums in May and June has created a historic opportunity for British policy in Europe. Over much of the 15 years since German unification, the driving force behind EU politics has been an integrationist project of one kind or another—originally designed to contain the new Germany. This made it an uncomfortable period for Britain, which is congenitally sceptical about Brussels’s power. But now, although there is still obvious scope for improvements in the union’s institutional functioning, it seems that Europe’s new priority will at last be to undertake…

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