The United Kingdom Adapting to the European Union within a transformed world

  • David Allen
Part of the Studies in Diplomacy and International Relations book series (SID)


The current structure and role of the FCO reflects a cumulative adjustment to change over a considerable period of time, although the pace of that change has quickened since Britain became a member of the European Union. In the last decade alone, the FCO has been faced with major international changes — the collapse of communism in Europe, the end of the Cold War international system, the widening and deepening of the European Union and the disintegration of the Soviet Union and Yugoslavia — as well as a major domestic change — the election of a Labour Government in May of 1997, after a prolonged eighteen-year period of successive Conservative administrations.


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