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How Europe shapes British public policy$
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Janice Morphet

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9781447300465

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447300465.001.0001

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The Single European Market and transport

The Single European Market and transport

(p.115) Chapter Six The Single European Market and transport
How Europe shapes British public policy

Janice Morphet

Policy Press

This chapter reviews the role of the UK in the creation of the European Single Market, including the leadership of the UK Commissioner Lord Cockfield, Mrs. Thatcher, as then Prime Minster, and Jacques Delors, then President of the European Commission. The chapter argues that the timing of the negotiation and implementation of the Single Market on the arbitrary date of 1992 was chosen to coincide with both Mrs. Thatcher’s neo-liberal market ideology and the UK presidency of the European Council. The chapter particularly illustrates the way in which the Single Market was established to include all the wider implications of internal trade including the free movement of labour, business regulations, internal transport as tools of competitiveness. The chapter also demonstrates that shaping influencing on the key transport projects supported by the EU to improve internal access have been the ones that have been implemented within the UK without any reference to EU policy or support. It concludes that these policies without clear derivation become orphan policies that emerge and have no political hinterland.

Keywords:   EU, Single market, Transport, TEN-T, UK, Margaret Thatcher, Jacques Delors

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