posted on Jan, 15 2007 @ 12:37 PM
According to official documents just declassified. In 1956, France attempted to open negotiations aimed at creating a single super state, with HM
queen Elizabeth II as monarch. Prime minister Anthony Eden countered the proposal with an offer to allow France to join the commonwealth .
Traumatised by Suez and the fighting in Algeria, a desperate French Prime Minister floated the idea of merging with Britain in 1956 and installing
the Queen as head of state of the two countries, the BBC will report tonight.
Records of conversations between Anthony Eden, the British Prime Minister, and his Cabinet Secretary, Sir Norman Brook, show that the idea was swiftly
dismissed but that serious thought was given to a secondary proposal to make France a member of the Commonwealth.
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Despite having been one of the victorious allies in WWII, by 1956 both Britain and France were facing crisis. Both were withdrawing from once great
empires, and with the crisis in Suez and insurrection in Algeria, French premier Mollet made the radical offer of homogeny, under the British crown.
How would Europe have developed if his offer had been accepted?
Despite their problems, the new state would have been stronger than the sum of its parts, and would have dominated the EEC, formed only a year later.
The proposal was not a new one, it had previously been broached during WWII. But how would the general public have reacted? Maybe it is fortunate that
they never put it to the test.