“Going into Europe” – an essay by E. P. Thompson
The essay “Going into Europe”, written by the Marxist historian E. P. Thompson, was first printed in the Sunday Times on 27 April 1975 – the pre-Murdoch era, for anyone wondering. It was published ahead of the June referendum on the United Kingdom’s continued membership of the European Economic Community (the forerunner of the European Union). The article was later republished in a book of collected essays titled ‘Writing by Candlelight’ (London: Merlin Press, 1980).
Although not without its problems, Thompson’s essay is a good synthesis of the socialist arguments against the EU (then the EEC) that were once common currency in Britain, even in the mainstream press.