There seems no longer to be a compelling Conservative narrative about the state, nation and Britain’s place in the world that includes the European Union (EU) as currently constituted. Diminished and marginalised are those strands of Conservative thought that marry traditional perspectives on the family and social order with progressive values on economic intervention and social welfare combined with some commitment to transnational co-operation. Accentuated are those strands that emphasise the threat to the state, the nation and self-government (or more particularly the Conservative governing project as it developed after 1979) posed by European integration, which coalesced into a potent Eurosceptic critique from the late 1980s onwards.


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