'Roger Liddle's excellent account of Britain's long wrestling match with Brussels...
is a powerful reminder that Europe does not divide only the Conservatives...
his book is required reading for anyone who wants to look beyond the
sloganising in which the debate is most often framed.'Philip Stephens, Financial Times
'an important, revealing contemporary history books on how Tony Blair's Government handled Europe.'Denis MacShane, Tribune
'Liddle provides easily the best explanation in print as to why Blair never joined the euro'Andrew Sparrow, Guardian
'[Liddle] has written a remarkable account of Britain's troubled relationship with the EU
which is both dispassionate and shrewd, and manages to convey the complexity
of the issues and the personalities involved... it will certainly be ranked
as one of the best-informed and analytically most astute analyses of Britain's European dilemma
over the past five decades.'
--Andrew Gamble, Times Literary Supplement
'an important, revealing contemporary history books on how Tony Blair's Government handled Europe.' --Denis MacShane, Tribune
'Roger Liddle offers a fresh and shrewd account of the many missed opportunities in Britain's relations with the EU- including a frank assessment of the disappointments of Tony Blair, whom he served as an adviser in Downing Street. He concludes with an alternative view of how the UK could still play a positive and constructive role in Europe.'
--[Peter Riddell, Director of the Institute for Government
About the Author
Lord (Roger) Liddle is Chairman of Policy Network and became a Life Peer in 2010. He was formerly Tony Blair's Special Advisor on European Policy and subsequently worked for three years in the European Commission, first in the Trade Commissioner's cabinet and then advising the President of the Commission. He has been at the heart of the European debate for two decades, with detailed knowledge of both the politics and public policy.