European regulations

British politics and has influenced its progression, Britain as mentioned earlier does play an influential role on a European level. Therefore it can be said clearly from the evidence put forward that British politics is progressively becoming more and more Europeanised, however, the much controversy lies at whether this is Europeanisation is a positive or negative thing upon the British economy, citizens, government and politics and whether excessive amounts of this transmission will have detrimental effects.

One major criticism that can be made about the European Union is the fact that there is uneven rule implementation in alternate member states; this could possible lead to the rise of ‘popular resentment. ’ In addition, “…internationalists accept the interdependence of Britain with Europe and the rest of the world, and adopt an essentially pragmatic stance towards the increasing power of super-national institutions…they agree with them if they bring concrete benefits.

”[19]  On the contrary, Euro-sceptics believe that “…any attempt to strengthen EU institutions is a direct affront to Parliamentary sovereignty and must be resisted at every turn. ”[20]  This clearly states that there are clearly two differing arguments to the debate, one that increasing EU intervention is acceptable so long as Britain benefits from it, however, the other states that it is important to maintain this clear division, otherwise is will grow to threaten the existing British political order.

Some political writers make a clear division and state that in “…spite of spreading integration, membership of the EU has little impact on the way government actually works in Britain. ”[21] This concisely provides a counter argument. The reason justify this point is that the “…Union has no direct administration of its own within member states. ”[22]  This shows that although the EU is powerful, it is not completely autonomous.

It is clear that there are advantages and disadvantages of the intervention of Europe in British Politics, and therefore, leading to it being Europeanised. It is said that Europe is stronger due to the fact that each nation maintains its own norms, values, customs, traditions and identity. However, there is a fear amongst many that furthermore intervention will ultimately lead to the domination on British Politics rather than Britain merely shifting their value system.

Ultimately, it is held that the “…British industry and finance will be constrained by European regulations. ”[23]  However, it is important to note that it is not a mere one way, top-down process. Any imports that come from Europe are usually modified, so that they fit in to the social structure of Britain, otherwise, this would cause controversy, as the citizens would see it as a mere imposed export, ignorant of their cultural values.

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