Letter: Europe: in or out

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Europe: in or out

Sir: Yves Thibault de Silguy was correct in warning that Britain will lose influence in Europe if we continue to remain outside the euro (" `Second rank Britain' warned by EU", 26 July).

Your correspondents (letters, 28 July) are foolish to ignore the obvious fact that full membership of a club brings a greater say and influence than a semi-detached membership. Joining the euro is the logical extension of the Single European Act.

I want to see British ministers playing their full part in reforming those aspects of the EU which have caused concern, such as the Common Agriculture Policy, inefficiency and fraud. We will be able to pull our full weight only if we are full members sitting round every table where major decisions are made. That requires us to join the euro as soon as economic conditions permit.


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