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Focus: Brussels – New Labour, New Europe

BMJ 1997; 314 doi: (Published 24 May 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;314:1501
  1. Teresa Coghlan
  1. BMA European Liaison Officer

    Four events have come together in a short time which might have the biggest impact on European health policy since the European Union first became explicitly responsible for health in the Maastricht treaty. These events are the election of a Labour government in Britain, the intergovernmental conference that is currently negotiating changes to the treaty, the fallout from the crisis over bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), and the development of a second overall plan for action on public health under the existing provisions of the Maastricht treaty.

    An early step of Britain's new government has been to signal a radical change in Britain's attitude to Europe. The prime minister has stated that he will sign up to the European social chapter, while …

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