Britain decides – EU referendum – 23 June

On 23 June, the United Kingdom will make a historic decision about its future: should the country remain in the European Union or go it alone?

During the Library team’s trip to London we visited several bookshops in order to have an overview of what is being published on the EU referendum.

One predictable result of our visit to London’s bookshops was to confirm that a spate of new books have been published on Britain’s relationship with the EU, as our readers can see in the pictures we took.DSC_1569

The formation of the European Union began after 1945 and was born of a desire to bind Europe’s nations so closely together that they could never again cause such damage to each other. Winston Churchill fully supported this idea, proposing a kind of United States of Europe. Later, in 1950, a Labour government decided not to participate in Europe’s first efforts to form a coal and steel community. The Tories took Britain into the European Economic Community in 1973. It was Labour that then held and won a referendum on membership in 1975. In 1984, Margaret Thatcher rectified what had been seen as an injustice, negotiating a permanent rebate for Britain on its EC contributions. Prime Minister David Cameron promised to hold a referendum if he won the 2015 general election, in response to growing calls from his own Conservative MPs and the UK Independence Party (UKIP), who argued that Britain had not had a say on the issue of EU membership since 1975, when it voted to stay in the EU in a referendum.

To learn more about Britain and the EU, we invite our readers to visit our catalogue and discover the selection of books and articles on this topic.

The Library is open to all staff of the Council of the European Union and the European Council, trainees, Permanent Representations of Member States, staff of other EU Institutions and bodies, as well as to researchers and students (upon appointment by e-mail at Access to some Library holdings might be restricted to on-site consultation.

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