This lecture analyses early moves towards European unity in the early 1950s - the European Coal and Steel Community and the abortive proposal for a European Defence Community, a European Army. Britain was sceptical towards these initiatives. The lecture will then analyse the structural basis of the EEC and why it was that Britain was not one of the signatories in 1957 of the Treaty of Rome establishing the European Communities.
Vernon Bogdanor, CBE, FBA is a professor of government at Oxford University, England, a fellow of Brasenose College, and Emeritus Professor of Law at Gresham College.
He is one of Britain's foremost constitutional experts and has written extensively on political and constitutional issues.