Voice of the People
The troubled history of the UK's relationship with Europe. Episode two goes behind the closed doors of Whitehall and Brussels.
The critical decision Britain's voters are about to take in the referendum is the culmination of decades of agonizing debate about Britain's place in Europe, and its often lethal effect on British politics.
Europe: Them or Us takes viewers into the corridors of power to hear from the men and women who took the decisions which led us to where we are today. In the second programme, Voice of the People, we go behind the closed doors of Whitehall and Brussels to hear from the decision makers about the twists and turns in Britain's relationship with the EEC, now EU. The film examines the way the first European referendum was fought 40 years ago and the changes in the European project since then. After the British people gave their consent in 1975, successive governments have battled to maintain that consent, leading eventually to the in-out referendum this June.
The film has contributions from four British prime ministers - Margaret Thatcher, who arguably took Britain deeper into the European project than anyone else, John Major, Tony Blair and David Cameron. Also taking part are Tony Benn, Nick Clegg, Jacques Delors, Iain Duncan Smith, Nigel Farage, Valery Giscard d'Estaing, William Hague, Roy Jenkins, Jack Straw and Norman Tebbit, and the main civil servants and diplomats involved on both sides of the English Channel. Some of the interviews come from the 1996 BBC Two series The Poisoned Chalice, also produced by John Bridcut.
Europe: Them or Us is a Crux production for BBC Two.
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