"The British have always wanted to be at the table. It has just taken a while to get there and they have not found the seat that comfortable." - James Ellison on Britain in Europe for History Today
The School's Dr James Ellison can be found putting the crisis in Britain's relationship with Europe in a historical context in this months's History Today. He argues that:
"This story of British ambivalence towards Europe is well-entrenched in the national mind and also those of EU member states, hence the vituperate tone of recent criticisms of Britain. Like British leaders before him, Cameron has been accused of asking for something, while offering nothing in return. As a former Belgian MP said: ‘You’re either at the table or you’re on the menu.'"
You can read a condensed version of the article on the History Today website, or a full version in the print edition.