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Below is the text of Mr Major’s letter to the Daily Telegraph on the subject of the Single Currency, published in September 2003.
The Swedish rejection of the Euro re-
In 1991, at Maastricht, I obtained an opt-
The belief of the euro-
The same principle applies to the proposed European Constitution. The Government are resisting a Referendum on the specious grounds that Margaret Thatcher did not have one on the Single European Act and nor did I on the Maastricht Treaty. This line of defence does not stand up to examination.
In neither instance was such a clear and fundamental point at issue. Moreover, at Maastricht, I opted out of the two greatest concerns -
Another difference is relevant too: in the 1980s and 1990s, referenda were not commonplace, hence my difficulty in getting Cabinet to agree to one since many colleagues did not like the wider constitutional implications. Labour, however, have used referenda frequently.
The Government should stop hiding behind a half-