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Robert Lister Nicholls

Chapter, and the Lisbon Treaty have served to galvanise both Euroscepticism and the advocacy of withdrawal, and subsequently led to the rise of UKIP. The substantial influx of Eastern Europeans, particularly Polish immigrants in 2004, and the negative response from the tabloid press have also served to reduce the support of the British public for the European cause. As discussed in earlier chapters, evidence suggests there was an elite consensus in favour of Britain's membership of the Common Market. In respect of the British press, for example, the trajectory in

in The British political elite and Europe, 1959–1984