Get Britain Out


Get Britain Out, formerly the Anti Common Market League (ACML), is a British Eurosceptic organisation.

Get Britain Out
AbbreviationGBO
Formation1961
Typepressure group
PurposeWithdrawal from the European Union
HeadquartersLondon

Formation

The group was set up in 1961, in response to the failed attempt by Britain to enter the European Economic Community the previous year.[1] Led by John Paul and Michael Shay, the group was initially restricted to Conservative Party members.[1]

The group stood two candidates in the general election of 1964:

ConstituencyCandidateVotesPercentagePosition
BexleyJohn Paul1,26302.34
Brierley HillWilliam Brown1,82002.83

The Williams Years (1969 to 1984)

Under the chairmanship of Sir Robin Williams (1969 to 1984) the group became a constituent member of the National Referendum Campaign, an umbrella movement associated with The Spectator, that included such disparate groups as the British League of Rights, Ron Leighton's Get Britain Out, the Scottish National Party, Plaid Cymru and the United Ulster Unionist Party, as well as leading politicians such as Barbara Castle, Michael Foot and Enoch Powell.[2]

Following the demise of this broad coalition, the ACML continued to operate, being particularly vocal in its criticism of the Common Agricultural Policy and moves towards devolution, whilst campaigning for free trade with the world as a whole rather than just the European Union.[1]

Post Thatcher years

Under the chairmanship of Peter Dul and Presidency of Richard Body, the group has worked closely with the Anti-Maastricht Alliance, and the Campaign for an Independent Britain.[1]

Name change

The ACML changed its name to Get Britain Out in 2007.[3]

See also

References

  1. Peter Barberis, John McHugh, Mike Tyldesley, Encyclopedia of British and Irish Political Organizations, 2002, p. 129
  2. Peter Barberis, John McHugh, Mike Tyldesley, Encyclopedia of British and Irish Political Organizations, 2002, p. 137
  3. Database of Archives of Non-Governmental Organisations