A101 wrote:JJJ wrote:
This was sent to every home in Britain ahead of the referendum.
The relevant part:WILL PARLIAMENT
LOSE ITS POWER?
Another anxiety expressed about Britain's membership of the Common Market is that Parliament could lose its supremacy, and we would have to obey laws passed by unelected 'faceless bureaucrats' sitting in their headquarters in Brussels.
What are the facts?
Fact No. 1 is that in the modern world even the Super Powers like America and Russia do not have complete freedom of action. Medium-sized nations like Britain are more and more subject to economic and political forces we cannot control on our own.
A striking recent example of the impact of such forces is the way the Arab oil-producing nations brought about an energy and financial crisis not only in Britain but throughout a great part of the world.
Since we cannot go it alone in the modern world, Britain has for years been a member of international groupings like the United Nations, NATO and the International Monetary Fund.
Membership of such groupings imposes both rights and duties, but has not deprived us of our national identity, or changed our way of life.
Membership of the Common Market also imposes new rights and duties on Britain, but does not deprive us of our national identity. To say that membership could force Britain to eat Euro-bread or drink Euro-beer is nonsense.
Sound familiar? Rights come with duties, relevance in the world stage comes at the expense of sovereignty.
Everyone who voted in '75 should have read this. It's preposterous to pretend it all was a giant conspiracy of the British government back in the day to dupe the public into a bad deal.
The facts are you are referring to a referendum after the fact which had taken place in 75 after the Heath government passed the bill to enter the EEC. in the weeks leading up to the 1970 GE Heath declared that "it would be wrong if any Government contemplating membership of the European Community were to take this step without `the full hearted consent of Parliament and people" where was the Common Market Referendum before joining and the suppression of the Werner report. Opinion polls at the time prior to the UK joining the EEC the UK people were hugely opposed.
Polls were hugely opposed so I guess that's why the referendum won by taking 2/3 of the vote. That document I linked was sent to every home in Britain ahead of the referendum so I guess anyone with basic reading skills knew what was going on.
Let's see what the "no" campaign had to say at the time, anyway.
"Free to rule ourselves", "unelected commissioners in Brussels", "Merging into a single nation". Are you telling me that the supposed dangers of EU integration weren't known? It's all there.
Why did the UK vote yes? Because the British economy was a basket case, and you can't eat sovereignty.