• Kevin Hickson


From the late 1950s, British policymakers looked increasingly to integration with western Europe in response to imperial decline. At first, several key figures on the Conservative Right were very supportive of closer European integration seeing it as a way to preserve colonial interests and to forge a power bloc capable of rivalling the USA and USSR. However, others argued—as was to become increasingly commonplace on the Conservative Right—that European integration threatened national sovereignty. Conservative Euroscpeticism was given a considerable boost in 1988 with Margaret Thatcher's Bruges speech, since when the Conservative Right has been increasingly anti-European, culminating in Brexit and calls for a ‘no deal’ departure from the EU.

Copyright information

© The Author(s) 2020

Authors and Affiliations

  • Kevin Hickson
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PoliticsUniversity of LiverpoolLiverpoolUK

Personalised recommendations