Letter: Democratic Europe

Sir: John Norris (letter, 9 November) decries the Government's "crabwise approach" to the introduction of the euro and argues for open advocacy and debate. He then suggests that the Government should remain neutral in any such debate.

If the Government of the day believes that the adoption of the single currency is in Britain's interest it must call the promised referendum and present the case for entry, of which it has become persuaded, to the people.

It would be nonsense for the Government to avoid its responsibility to give a lead, provide the relevant facts and state why we should join.

Those opposed to entry will have ample access to the media and no shortage of funds to promote their views. This idea of government neutrality is really just a "cunning plan" by the anti-European tendency aimed at giving its campaign a clear run.

GRAHAM PERKINS

Bromyard, Herefordshire

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