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Christina Hayes

1996 Research

Abstract: The European Economic Community: The roles of Great Britain and Margaret Thatcher

Mentor: Dr. Martin Seedorf, History

The European Economic Community was created by the Treaty of Rome in 1957 with the purpose of creating an even economic closer union for the nations of Europe. This union involved the breakdown of tariffs and taxes on goods allowing free trade between the members of the European Community. The focus of this paper is the European Community (EEC) and the roles and polices Britain took until it became a member in 1973. The focus includes Margaret Thatcher's role and the policies she established toward the EEC during 1979 to 1990. Since Britain joined the EEC late in 1973, the stance she subsequently took toward the EEC has labeled her the "Awkward Partner".1

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