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This chapter considers how Tony Blair and Gordon Brown sold the European Union (EU) to the British public in economic terms. It explains how they tried to win the argument about the potential loss to Britain's European and global influence that would come about through the 'supreme folly' of cutting Britain off from Europe. The chapter covers the methods by which New Labour tried to educate the British public about the successes of the European project in terms of peace and security. It was only when it came to the wider, security-oriented case for Europe that Blair lived up to his reputation for being a Europhile, but even then national interests still floated to the surface. The chapter presents the discourse data on how the government framed the Europe issue as being, at heart, about the pursuit and safeguard of the British national interest.

New Labour and the European Union

Blair and Brown’s logic of history

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