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End of ‘East of Suez’
Economic problems was making the remaining empire an expensive liability.
- British Troops to withdraw from all bases East of Suez
- Persian Gulf
It was a signal that Britain could no longer afford to be an imperial power.
- The costs of maintaining an empire outweighed the profits and benefits.
Britain’s accession to the EU in 1973 confirmed a change in direction for British Foreign and Economic policy.