Britain joined the EEC (European Economic Community - as it then was) with effect from 1 January 1973. Two previous applications to joined had been vetoed by Charles de Gaulle in 1963 and 1967.
Asked in History of Europe
Why did the UK join the eu in 1973?
The UK had been desperately trying to enter the EEC since about 1961. Its first two applications to join were vetoed by Charles de Gaulle in 1963 and 1967. It was considered absolutely essential to have full and unimpeded access to the vast market that the EEC provided and also to be involved in decision making within the EEC. (Britain could have become a member when the EEC was established but at that time many leading British politicians thought the whole thing...
Asked in Ireland, European Union
How did Ireland join the EU?
Ireland made an application to join what was then known as the European Economic Community (EEC). Ireland's application had to be approved, which it was. Ireland joined the EEC on the 1st of January 1973. Since then, the EEC has had a few name changes and is now known as the European Union, or EU. ...
Asked in European Union
Will Brexit cause the EU to collapse?
Britain is just one of 28 members. It is an important country in Europe, but the EU can function without it. What was then the EEC was formed in 1957 by six countries. Britain did not join until 1973. So it was 16 years without Britain being involved. The EEC evolved and more countries joined and it is now called the EU. The EU may need to reform as a result of the decision of Britain to leave, to change some...
Asked in Scotland
Did Scottish MP's vote yes or no in Parliament to join the EEC in 1973?
In 1973 the Scottish MP's in the British Parliament voted by a 51% no vote against joining the EEC. ...
Asked in History of Europe, European Union
What were the last four countries to join the EEC?
Cyprus, Romania, Bulgaria, and Slovakia in 2007!
Asked in History of Europe, Economics, European Union
Did Greenland join the European Union?
1. In 1973 Greenland joined the European Economic Community (EEC) as a part of Denmark. 2. In 1979 Greenland was granted home rule (autonomy) and decided to leave the EEC with effect from 1985. It is the only country that has left the EEC/EU. ...