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European citizens and third country nationals
Europe’s colonial embrace
in (B)ordering Britain
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Chapter 5 explores Britain’s turn towards the European Economic Community, now the European Union, in the 1960s, which coincided with the introduction of immigration controls against racialised colony and Commonwealth citizens. In the face of the defeat of the British Empire, the British government began to look elsewhere for power and riches. Britain’s economic and political prospects were argued by some to lie in European cooperation. The transition from empire to European integration has allowed imperial nostalgia and amnesia to fester in Britain. Decades later, in the course of the 2016 referendum on Britain’s EU membership, the argument was made that leaving the EU would allow Britain to regain the global influence ostensibly diminished as a consequence of EU membership. Yet this was the very same rationale that drove Britain to apply to join the EU decades earlier.

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(B)ordering Britain

Law, race and empire


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