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Former Ambassador to the EC: Britain was a leader within Europe

David Hannay negotiated Britain’s accession to the European Communities. More than 40 years later, he is watching its departure from the EU with despair

By Alex Dean  

The 24th of June 2016 was one of the most remarkable days in British political history. Pro-Europeans were left in a state of profound shock. What was to be Britain’s future role in the world?

It must have been particularly odd for David Hannay. Having joined the diplomatic service in 1959, Hannay is not your ordinary Remainer; he played a key role in negotiating Britain’s accession to the European Communities in 1973, two decades before the European Union as we…

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