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HomeHomeEU & National D...EU & National D...PoliticsPoliticsThatcher.Thatcher.

 Margaret Thatcher was a strong supporter of the single market in Europe and signed the Single European Act.However, Thatcher became viscerally opposed to handing over more sovereignty.

It was her rejection of further integration at an EU summit in Rome that prompted a rebellion and resignations within her own cabinet and led eventually to her downfall.

Britain's current ambivalence towards the EU is part of Margaret Thatcher's legacy: the totemic role of the rebate; the insistence on opt-outs; the belief in British exceptionalism; the profound unease at power slipping away to a bureaucracy in Brussels. For these reasons, Britain has never committed to the idea of Europe. It is indifferent to the dream of ever-closer union. It fears the weakening of its own power as more and more decisions are taken at a European level in Brussels. European officials recognise that it was Margaret Thatcher who shaped many of the UK's instincts towards Europe.

What are your thoughts on Thatcher, and what will her legacy be within the EU?

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