Maastricht Treaty

November 1, 2013 by  

Maastricht Treaty, It’s 20 years since the much-maligned Maastricht Treaty came into force on 1 November 1993, signalling the end of the European Community and the arrival of the European Union.

The event was met with little fanfare in Brussels, or indeed anywhere else. As the Guardian’s former European editor John Palmer wrote at the time, there was “no tape-cutting or flag-waving.”

In Britain there was even less chance of any flag-waving or tape-cutting. The new Union earned only a small square of the Guardian’s front page, with Ed Pilkington highlighting the “deafening silence” that welcomed its arrival.

A very small sample of public opinion was featured in the Guardian on 29 May 1993, when inhabitants of Mastrick, Aberdeen were asked for their view. The majority were less than enthusiastic.

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