Farage, the morons messiah....

Because the 1975 vote was not solely on the situation at the time. It was about being part of whatever changes were made, without needing a new referendum on staying in each time.
Wilson's papers may well indicate that now but that is not what the electorate were told was the case at the time. They were told they were deciding on whether or not to remain in a free trading bloc. There was no mention to the public of Maastrict back then and the referendum question merely asked whether Britain should remain in the EEC (Common Market) or not, with no caveats or qualifications attached.

Edited to add, principally for the hard of thinking (such as the button-bashing incumbent SPotY):-

"Britain's membership of the European Community presented a “gross infringement of sovereignty” and a “serious attack on Parliamentary democracy,” Cabinet ministers warned ahead of the only referendum on Brussels given to the public, newly uncovered papers reveal. Harold Wilson, then the Labour Prime Minister, was told choosing to stay in Europe would represent a “dismemberment of the authority of the House of Commons”, minutes of a Cabinet meeting show. In a meeting three months before the 1975 referendum, Mr Wilson was urged by his ministers to inform the British people that membership would seriously compromise Britain’s ability to govern itself. In the event, the Government’s official pamphlet explaining the referendum gave no such warning – and instead assured voters that the “essence of sovereignty” would be protected by staying in."

"Mr Wilson urged voters to vote Yes, and claimed to have won a “new deal” for taxpayers after a “long and tough” renegotiation battle. Historians now regard those changes, mostly to the terms of agricultural trade, to have been little more than cosmetic – but the Government’s case was enough to swing voters behind staying in by a margin of two to one. However, newly uncovered minutes of a Cabinet meeting in March 1975 showed how ministers argued the electorate should be warned ahead of the referendum that directly applicable laws are an “essential part” the fledging European bloc. Their impact “should be made clear to the electorate” before the vote, “enabling a decision on this issue to be taken through the medium of the referendum”, the minutes show. Edward Short, the Lord President of the Council, told colleagues that while the Commons could always vote to withdraw from Europe and the UK retained a veto on the Council of Ministers in Europe, it was 'essential not to obscure the fact that Parliament’s control of day-to-day legislation had been diminished by accession to the community.'

How Harold Wilson was warned Europe threatened British democracy

"The newly released documents show that Cabinet ministers Michael Foot, Tony Benn and Peter Shore wrote to Wilson in November 1974 about the planned vote. They said some ministers would support continued membership whatever the results of the negotiation. Others - meaning themselves - might feel that 'however great the improvement of the terms may be, the loss of sovereignty implicit in membership would involve paying too high a price.'"

BBC NEWS | UK | UK Politics | How Wilson handled his Euro split

"Secret Cabinet documents released from Whitehall this week gave a fascinating insight into the way voters were duped in the run-up to the 1975 referendum on Britain’s links with Europe. The Foreign Office papers were declassified following a year-long freedom of information battle by the Eurosceptic pressure group Britain for Business. And they reveal that official advice given to ministers in Harold Wilson’s Labour government about the full impact on the country of joining the European Economic Community, the forerunner to today’s European Union, was not disclosed to the public.
Ministers were warned that the lawmaking powers of the Brussels bureaucracy would lead to “a gross infringement of the sovereignty” of the Westminster Parliament.And a senior official told Mr Wilson, who was then prime minister, that transferring powers to the Brussels-based European Commission threatened the 'most serious attack on Parliamentary democracy with which this country was faced.'


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Indeed the legislation made it advisory. The 2015 Tory manifesto commitment isn't advisory though.

'We will legislate in the first session of the next Parliament for an in-out referendum to be held on Britain’s membership of the EU before the end of 2017. We will negotiate a new settlement for Britain in the EU. And then we will ask the British people whether they want to stay in on this basis, or leave. We will honour the result of the referendum, whatever the outcome.'

Not a lot of wriggle room there.
Since when has any party stuck religiously to a manifesto?
 
Once we have left I would have no objection to a referendum on rejoining the EU if it still exists (which is highly unlikely) in 40 years time. It would be churlish to object.
Why so hasty? If you’re a fan of Jacob Rees-Mogg, we may not see the benefits of leaving for 50 years.

That sounds awfully like someone who isn’t particularly confident in their decision.
 
Wilson's papers may well indicate that now but that is not what the electorate were told was the case at the time. They were told they were deciding on whether or not to remain in a free trading bloc. There was no mention of Maastrict back then.
They were told they were deciding on whether or not to remain in a free trading bloc and whatever it evolved into.

Meanwhile, we were told we were voting on whether to leave the EU and have billions more to spend on the NHS, retained freedom of movement (one way, if course), a 'Norway+' arrangement and lots of other stuff that's turning out to be not quite true.

So, a referendum is either binding forever or can be revoted on whenever the electorate feel like it. I favour the latter.
 
They were told they were deciding on whether or not to remain in a free trading bloc and whatever it evolved into.
Really? No mention of that here:

The question that would be put to the British electorate, as set out in the Act was:

The Government has announced the results of the renegotiation of the United Kingdom's terms of membership of the European Community.

Do you think that the United Kingdom should stay in the European Community (the Common Market)?

permitting a simple YES / NO answer (to be marked with a single (X)).
 
As an aside I think the COs should conduct an experiment in which the mong buttons are disabled and only positive ratings can be given. I reckon the incumbant SPotY, to name but a few, would spontaneously combust through sheer frustration within five minutes of it being implemented.
 
As an aside I think the COs should conduct an experiment in which the mong buttons are disabled and only positive ratings can be given. I reckon the incumbant SPotY, to name but a few, would spontaneously combust through sheer frustration within five minutes of it being implemented.
Not at all.

Treat them as a reliable indicator of how much your posts get under their skin.
 
Not at all.

Treat them as a reliable indicator of how much your posts get under their skin.
I tend to see them as a mark of how great a failure at life the broken brained streaks of diarrhoea manage to be.
 

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Indeed. The remainer reactions are quite the funniest part.

Incandescent, palpably apoplectic ineffectual rage and bile.
Christ you talk utter shite.

You do the same thing on every thread you participate in. Anyone who criticises Trump, brexit or islamophobia you accuse of incandescent rage or something similar. Tired as feck

Like all leaver mongs, you can't take your turgid political views being subjected to any kind of scrutiny.

Rage? No.

Just disappointment that vast numbers of the population would rather listen to empty soundbites than actually analyse the issues.
 
The pound has lot value against a lot of currencies since the vote. I care about the value against the USD as my payments back to U.S. have gone up significantly.
best blame that Canadian ********* at the Bank of England then - he dribblings were responsible for the last drop in the pound
 
best blame that Canadian ********* at the Bank of England then - he dribblings were responsible for the last drop in the pound
No, that was the last but one drop in the pound. It was Jeremy Hunt's dribblings that caused the last one.
As it does when anyone mentions leaving with no deal.
 

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