Federal Union

Federal Union  is a Pro-European British group launched in November 1938, to advocate a Federal Union of Europe as a post-war aim. The founders of the organization were Charles Kimber (1912-2008),  [1]  Derek Rawnsley and Patrick Ransome .  [2]  Other Noted members of Federal Union included Harold Wilson , Barbara Wootton , CEM Joad , Stephen King-Hall and Philip Kerr, 11th Marquess of Lothian .  [2]  In 1940 the group set up at the Federal Union Research Institute (FURI), chaired by William Beveridge, to discuss the direction of post-war European integration . Attracted FURI contributors from across the political spectrum, Including FA Hayek , JB Priestley , HN Brailsford , Lionel Robbins and Arnold Toynbee .  [3]

In 1956 it is for participation in the European Economic Community .  [2]  It continues to exist today, arguing for federalism for Europe and the world.

Its description of federalism is that it divides political power between levels of government and the best combination of democracy and effectiveness. Federalism is not the bureaucratic centralization of popular myth.

Federal Union believes that democracy and the rule of law should apply to each other. Federal Union is also the British section of the Union of European Federalists and the World Federalist Movement .

See also

  • Federalism
  • Federal Europe


  1. Jump up^  Obituary: Sir Kimber Charles  Daily Telegraph , 22 April 2008. Retrieved 20 January 2013.
  2. ^ Jump up to: c  Peter Barberis, John McHugh, Mike Tyldesley,  Encyclopedia of British and Irish Political Organizations: Parties, Groups and Movements of the 20th Century  , Continuum International Publishing Group, 2000. ISBN  0826458149 . (p.135)
  3. Jump up^  Michael Burgess, The British Tradition of Federalism . Fairleigh Dickinson Univ Press, 1995.ISBN 0838636187(p.142)