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Thatcherism and Foreign Policy

The Thatcher Governments did not show any major foreign or defence policy departures from previous Governments.

Mrs Thatcher was strongly Atlanticist in orientation and looked to reach agreement with the United States wherever possible, far more than Heath had done, and shared the Euroscepticism of Wilson and Callaghan, again in contrast to Heath.

However, a distinguishing feature was her nationalist rhetoric and this was used to effect both in the prosecution of the Falklands War, when Britain repelled the invasion of the Islands, and increasingly in dealing with the European Union.

The Bruges Speech of 1989 took Euroscepticism to a new level. She was also opposed to German reunification in 1990.