Why Britain has no real choice but to pander to Europe

Nothing more divides the body politic of Britain than Europe, since we are all Thatcherites now. The Tories’ split contributed to their election defeat and Europhiles such as Michael Heseltine and Lord Howe remain publicly at odds with William Hague’s ten-year wait-and-see policy over a single currency. Even Tony Blair is torn between a natural desire to boss Europe and his recognition that his passport to respectability - joining the Euro - is a risk.

Nothing more divides the body politic of Britain than Europe, since

we are all Thatcherites now. The Tories’ split contributed to their

election defeat and Europhiles such as Michael Heseltine and Lord Howe

remain publicly at odds with William Hague’s ten-year wait-and-see

policy over a single currency. Even Tony Blair is torn between a natural

desire to boss Europe and his recognition that his passport to

respectability - joining the Euro - is a risk.



Industry is also split, as the recent letter from 18 top bosses to the

Sunday Times has underlined. And no one can argue that the likes of Lord

Hanson, Sir Anthony Bamford (JCB), Sir John Craven (Lonrho) or Henry

Keswick (Matheson), all signatories, are little Englanders. The world is

their oyster.



The reality is that roughly two-thirds of the British people believe

that a genuine European single market, still a long way from being

realised, is a splendid idea. But they are against being governed from

Brussels whose interference, they think, is already grossly excessive

and should be reduced. The rest either don’t care or, like Sir Edward

Heath, worship at the Euro-altar. Therein lies the PR industry’s

opportunity: to turn opinion round. But let’s be clear what we are

taking on before we join Mr Blair’s weaselly-worded ’patriotic alliance’

of people ’who are in favour of Europe but in favour of a reformed

Europe’. Talk about having it both ways!



After briefing at 31 consecutive European Councils, I know that Europe

is run by a Franco-German alliance which won’t have Britain at its top

table. They resent us, while at the same time taking our money and

recognising our international respectability. The Europe they have

fashioned, by buying and bullying the smaller fry, is elitist and

thoroughly undemocratic.



And this elite, including some Britons, have conspired in the most

deceitful way imaginable to land us with a United States of Europe

before we could block it. They are a long way down the track. They need

a single currency to cement it into place. But why should we be dragged

into something we don’t want and which the signatories to the Sunday

Times letter say could be ’disastrous for Britain’?



There are three seductive arguments for a single currency. It would save

on exchange costs, protect our attraction of inward investment and

enable us to influence the pace, direction and destination of the

Euro-train since we would then really be on it. But, leaving aside the

massive constitutional implications, what do the last two arguments

imply? Well, if words mean anything, it is that, unless we sign up,

Europe will sideline and discriminate against us.



The mafia are making us an offer we can’t refuse. Not the best basis for

a PR campaign.



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