Did France and Britain Almost Unite into the Franco-British Union? (Short Animated Documentary)

published on July 17, 2020

France and England later Britain have not had the best relationship in the 500 years before the end of Napoleon the two have been at war for a hundred and sixty four of them and the rest of them they spent not exactly being keen on one another yet throughout the last seven

Hundred years there have been numerous attempts to unify the two entities but how close did they come to fruition did Britain and France almost become one country now the first time that there was any real chance of unification was

At the height of the Hundred Years War when England for the help of Burgundy had won numerous victories their success peaked in 1422 when the child King Henry the sixth was crowned King Henry ii of france now henry didn't control all of

France and with the help of a certain Joan of Arc France won the Hundred Years War and the English were pushed out King George the 3rd was the last British mana to formally claim the French throne since he renounced his claim in 1801

When Great Britain was merged with Island so it was in 1940 that the most famous attempt to unify the two came about this happened after the Allied front line collapsed and France was on the brink of being conquered by Germany

Naturally everyone was panicking and so the British made a proposal both nations and their empire should unify into a single entity the franco-british Union the new constitution was going to be drafted which would unite some of the

Organs of government defense and foreign policy would be conducted from London the nation's new capital whereas the new nation's finances would be administered from French territory what was left of it that is the British and French

Parliament's would as a stopgap have to both pass the same legislation for it to come into effect until they were merged the positions of each of the head of state would be extended to the other meaning France would have a king again

And Britain would have a president beyond this there weren't many concrete plans because everyone was panicking about the war in France surrendering also as a side note it was expected that the other states that have fallen to

Germany would also join this Union too so it wouldn't be France and Britain for long in the end these proposals never went anywhere because whilst prominent politicians on both sides favoured the Union many Frenchmen didn't want to sign

Their country's existence away many of them felt that they were being forced to choose between military submission to Germany or political and economic submission to Britain and they chose the former the next and final time many

Politicians attempted to merge the two nations was in 1956 after the Suez Crisis which saw Britain France and Israel invade Egypt to prevent it from seizing the Suez Canal was an absolute failure the two powers became desperate

It was an international embarrassment and it looked clear to both that they were now firmly junior partners to the USA if they were to protect their crumbling empires something would need to be done as such guy Malay the French

Prime Minister proposed the franco-british union to the British Prime Minister Harold Macmillan the plan was that both would unite into a single nation with Queen Elizabeth the second taking the title queen of France this

Government would be devolved and both would maintain separate budgets but their armed forces and empires would be merged and it was hoped that the two combined would act as a third pillar in the Cold War

This time discussions didn't go very far McMillan said no and the reason was that there was literally a 0% chance that the British or French publics would have gone along with this McMillan was personally against the Union and

Preferred for a new European economic Union to counterbalance the USSR in the USA which did happen and to which Britain wasn't invited after this both nations would remain separate in the franco-british Union would go down as a

Curious idea brought up when both nations faced a crisis I hope you enjoyed this episode and thank you for watching with the special thanks to my patrons James Bissonnette John lucid a man of culture Danny Maloney little

Holiday John biscuits Rob Waterhouse mo James Castaneda Aaron the White Jordan Longley Gustav Swan marcus asana rashid ali spinning three plates filled oink oink David Silverman Maggie packs Kowski Spencer Lightfoot

Lexi Schwinn Kelly moneymaker Anthony Beckett Robert Wetzel Skye Chappell Marvin Castle Winston Hayward and Izzy also let's be reasonable it would have fallen apart like five minutes after the war was over

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