Acknowledgements Abbreviations Introduction 1. The Commission and Britain's First EEC Application, 1961-63: Negotiating an Empire? 2. The Commission and the Irish Application: Neutrality and the Economics of Membership, 1961-63 3. From Veto to Veto: Britain and the Commission, 1963-67 4. Ireland and the Policy of Failure: Knocking on the Commission's Door, 1963-67 5. Navigating the Gaullist Veto: From Brussels to The Hague, 1967-69 6. La bataille des chiffres: The Commission, and the Cost of British Membership, 1969-73 7. Challenging the Acquis: The Commission, Ireland, and the Common Fisheries Policy, 1969-73 8. Conclusions Bibliography Index
The book presents a new history of the first enlargement of the EU. It charts the attempts by the European Commission to influence the outcome of the British and Irish bids to join the Common Market during the 1960s and 1970s. The most politically divisive EU enlargement is examined through extensive research in British, Irish, EU, and US archives.