Letter: A euro tactic for Tories

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Sir: Roy Jenkins (Saturday Essay, 2 January) has a selective memory if he believes the "yes", campaign in the 1975 referendum made it clear that our EU membership was of a political rather than an economic nature.

Doubters had been assured by Edward Heath that our continual membership would involve "no question of any erosion of national sovereignty". During the referendum campaign the Wilson government issued a pamphlet to electors entitled Britain's New Deal in Europe which stated that we would retain, "our freedom to pursue our own policies on taxation and on industry".

JOHN BARNETT

East Grinstead, West Sussex

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