Roger Bootle, Managing Director of Capital Economics, spoke at the IEA's 31st State of the Economy Conference speaking about the UK's relationship with Europe. He claimed that the European Union is fundamentally a political project and has been since its birth under the Treaty of Rome in 1957.
He passionately argued that the UK was misold entry into the ''Common Market'' in the 1975 referendum on the basis of an economic union. In stark contrast he claims the EU has always had political ambitions. He likened the opening statement of the Treaty of Rome which binds signatories as "determined to lay the foundations of an ever-closer union among the peoples of Europe" to the ambition of Adolf Hitler within Mein Kamph to attack the soviet union.
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