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British National Identity and Opposition to Membership of Europe, 1961-63The Anti-Marketeers$
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Robert F. Dewey, Jr

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780719078712

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: July 2012

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719078712.001.0001

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Pressure groups

Pressure groups

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British National Identity and Opposition to Membership of Europe, 1961-63

Robert F. Dewey

Manchester University Press

This chapter examines the activities of opposition anti-Market pressure groups. It charts the affairs of organisations defined as ‘single-issue groups’ which included Keep Britain Out (KBO) and the Forward Britain Movement (FBM). It also considers youth and women's groups, Protestant conspiracy theorists, Commonwealth lobbies and associations on the far right, such as the League of Empire Loyalists (LEL) and True Tories. This chapter suggests that what truly united the pressure groups were banal assumptions about the sanctity of national freedom and a common perception that Britain's independence and international status were increasingly vulnerable.

Keywords:   pressure groups, anti-Market movement, KBO, FBM, national freedom, independence, international status, LEL, True Tories

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