Excoriating piece about the EU… from 1975!

“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.


“Going into Europe” – an essay by E. P. Thompson

2 thoughts on “Excoriating piece about the EU… from 1975!

  1. Julian Sandy says:

    Great use of metaphor throughout.

  2. Percy says:

    I’ve just read the introduction and this paragraph struck me:

    “Right wing trade union leaders and Blairite MPs, by contrast, claim that we need the EU to protect workers’ rights. This simply provides cover for the fact that they are unwilling to support workers in struggle themselves.”

    They just want us all to be ‘farmed’ by the multi-nationals.

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