Below is the text of Mr Major’s comments on Europe during an interview given in 10 Downing Street, London on 7th June 1994.
[Mr Major was asked if Britain should go further towards European integration].
I think, over the last few years, we’ve moved towards a consensus in Europe on the way in which it should develop. What I think many people misunderstand in the way in which the European debate has been moving. Too often it’s conducted in extremes -
[Mr Major was asked about John Gummer’s comments about Britain isn’t going slower than the rest of the Europe].
Well, what is meant by a slower speed? I think we have to determine precisely what is meant by that. Different people mean different things by it. The position of the British Government is quite clear -
Now some people would have said, we were in the slow lane because we objected to what the majority view was, but in reality we were right and eventually they followed our position.