Europe could damage her health

William Rodgers

  • The Challenge of Europe: Can Britain win? by Michael Heseltine
    Weidenfeld, 226 pp, £14.95, May 1989, ISBN 0 297 79608 9

On 28 October 1971 the House of Commons voted, at the end of a six-day debate, on Britain’s entry to the Common Market. There was a majority of 112 in favour, but 131 MPs rebelled against their party leadership, the most dramatic occasion of its kind since the prelude to Chamberlain’s resignation in 1940. On the Opposition benches, 69 Labour MPs defied a heavy three-line whip to vote for entry, and another 20 abstained. Of Conservatives, 39 voted against entry and two abstained. There was also one Liberal rebel.

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