Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

Oxford Brookes history professor speaks about British business and its relations with the European Union

Saturday, 14 November 2015


Professor Glen O'Hara spoke at the British Academy last week about British business' relations with the European Union.

 This was the week that the UK Prime Minister issued the four main demands he wants met if he is to recommend staying in the EU in a referendum. Politicians, think tanks, advisers, businesspeople gathered, in an event organised by Queen Mary University of London's Mile End Institute, to consider the past and future of the British role in Europe.

Professor O'Hara spoke about British companies' increasing enthusiasm for Europe in the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s, as they perceived 'Europe' to be a fast-growing, dynamic and above all huge market for their goods and services. He suggested that British business will be much more divided on the question in the forthcoming referendum campaign, as the Eurozone crisis and perceived European economic 'sclerosis' is now dividing opinion as to whether Britain's best interests lie.