Margaret Thatcher in 1988
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Archive: PM Margaret Thatcher's 1988 Bruges speech

In 1988 Margaret Thatcher delivered an uncompromising speech in Bruges, Brussels.

Responding to moves towards federalism by the European Commission head Jacques Delors, she rejected "a European super-state exercising a new dominance from Brussels".

The speech made relations with European allies much more difficult, but became a seminal text for Eurosceptics.

  • 27 Mar 2014
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