Charles de Gaulle vetoed twice the entry of the UK in the common market, highly criticized for this decision at the time the UK would finally enter the common market after the WW2 figure resigned. However in light of brexit and its developpement do you think De Gaulle was in fact right all along to veto the entry of the UK or at least in his understanding of the country ?
His arguments for vetoing were that the UK was too different from European countries, too closely linked to the Commonwealth and America, a position probably built upon his WW2 experiences and feared it would the same in the EEC, acting as an american Trojan. Seeing that the UK had refused to participate in the european project so far he also thought that the UK wanted to join only because of “the great economic, financial, monetary and social difficulties with which Britain is at grips”.
He argued that the UK would need a large transformation of it’s political, social and economical organisation for it to be suited for EEC membership.
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So, with the UK time in the EEC and the EU being now history do you think it’s time to reevaluate De Gaulle decision ?