The UK rebate in the early days was largely devised and negotiated by Margaret Thatcher, yet its acceptance by the EC and the challenges that it posed to the union throughout the coming decades-or so this chapter will argue-have indirectly contributed to political reforms and new treaties that have in fact accelerated European political integration. Similarly, Thatcher’s support for what she thought and advocated should remain a merely economic single market has had unforeseen political ramifications, mainly advancing elements of European federalism that she vehemently opposed. This article maps the role of economic integration in advancing political integration and traces both of their successes back to some at first seemingly unsuccessful visions to formulate a more integrated Europe.
Keedus, L., Kerikmäe, T., Chochia, A., & Troitiño, D. R. (2018). The British rebate and the single European act: Political ramifications of an economic reform. In Brexit: History, Reasoning and Perspectives (pp. 141–151). Springer International Publishing. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-73414-9_8