Kristian Niemietz writes for The Telegraph
Modern Euroscepticism did not start with the Leave campaign. It goes back to the early 1990s, when the Maastricht Treaty set what was then a relatively loose, predominantly trade-based alliance on a course towards deeper political integration. Quite rightfully, a lot of people saw this as a form of mission creep, which would turn the Common Market the UK had originally joined into a political federation.
It was in this respect that British Euroscepticism differed fundamentally from its more protectionist-minded French or Italian counterparts. British Eurosceptics never had a problem with the economic aspects of European integration. Their position could be summarised as ‘common market yes – political federation no’.