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Spectator letters: who kept us out of the euro, and how to deal with squirrels

Plus: Names for God; the limits of freedom in Nato; and a defence of Stephen Sondheim

28 March 2015

9:00 AM

28 March 2015

9:00 AM

The referendum parties

Sir: Zac Goldsmith and Sir John Major are each of them both right and wrong on the EU referendum (‘My dad saved Britain’, 28 February; Letters, 21 March). I was an MP interested in Europe, and then a PPS and minister on EU issues in the Foreign Office from 1997 to 2005, and it was pretty clear to all of us that Sir John’s decision to call a referendum on euro entry was motivated by his need to appease the rising Eurosceptic fronde in his party.

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