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Mandy Calls For EU Referendum

Get ready to join euro, says Mandelson | The Times

Britain should be ready to join the euro within a decade, Lord Mandelson will say today when he calls for a referendum to reshape the UK’s relationship with Europe for the next generation.

“A nation of ‘reluctant’ Europeans will have to confront a choice between taking part in greater integration, including joining the euro, or an uncertain future.”
Staying outside such a bloc or quitting the European Union altogether would amount to the same thing, Lord Mandelson will say. Either way, Britain would have to meet EU standards to trade with Europe but would have little or no voice in defining them.
The peer is also expected to say that the public needs to engage with what is at stake. He is the most senior Labour figure to back a referendum on Britain’s future relationship with Europe, arguing that the mandate secured by Edward Heath in the 1970s has run out. “It belongs to another time and another generation.”

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'...arguing that the mandate secured by Edward Heath in the 1970s has run out. '

If Lord Voldemort actually knew any history, he would know Heath never had a mandate for taking the UK into the commom market and, indeed, did so in defiance of the manifesto on which his government had been elected.

If the Prince of Shirt-Lifters was to wish me a "Good Day" I'd want to check the sun was shining before replying.
So anything this devious offspring of unmarried gerbils says wants checking with a fine tooth comb for two things - a)what's he really after? & b)what's the profit in it for him?

"Either way, Britain would have to meet EU standards to trade with Europe but would have little or no voice in defining them."

I find this to be a weak argument. That would put the UK in the same boat as the US, as China and other nations whose goods are imported into the EU. Nobody is suggesting the US and China join the Euro.

Just how much of a say does the Divided Kingdom have in the U's corridors of power? I'd say we have just about no say, so leaving the EU would make no difference in terms of influence.

a choice between taking part in greater integration, including joining the euro, or an uncertain future

Would our future within the Euro be certain? Like for example Greece,Ireland, Italy and likely Spain?

I think I'll settle for uncertainty- better a chance of surviving than none.

Either way, Britain would have to meet EU standards to trade with Europe but would have little or no voice in defining them

But Britons would not need to meet EU standards to trade with each other, nor with other Nations- An advantage currently enjoyed by Norway and Switzerland for example. As EU members we must meet both EU and US standards in order to trade with the US- and similarly with other nations. There was a serious EU proposal once that tyre sizes get marked only in metric- which would have automatically prevented selling any tyres in the US. That one got dumped, but I can't help wondering how many EU regulations are in place which hinder trade outside the eurozone.

He's gone a bit doolally-tap as my mother used to say.

"He's gone a bit doolally-tap as my mother used to say."

Gone? Was he ever otherwise?

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