Free Trade and Empire in the Anglo-Irish Commercial Propositions of 1785

  title={Free Trade and Empire in the Anglo-Irish Commercial Propositions of 1785},
  author={James Gerard Livesey},
  journal={Journal of British Studies},
  • J. Livesey
  • Published 2013
  • History, Economics
  • Journal of British Studies
William Pitt’s 1785 proposal for a free trade area between Britain and Ireland attempted to use free trade as a mechanism of imperial integration. It was a response to the agitation for political reform in Ireland and followed the attainment of legislative independence in 1782. The proposal aimed at co-ordinating economic and fiscal policy between the kingdoms without imposing explicit political controls. This article establishes that the measure failed because of the lack of consensus around… 
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