Letter: Vote for the euro

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Sir: Why is all the talk about a euro referendum after the next election? Why not hold it at the same time as the election, a practice common enough in other European countries, which often take advantage of elections for votes on a whole series of issues?

If, as you suggest (leading article, 24 February) Tony Blair comes out of his shell and leads an enthusiastic pro-euro campaign - which stands every chance of being a resounding success - it should do his party and his own political career no harm at all. It would also save time, and the money which would have been spent on a second round of voting could be spent on helping small businesses adjust to the euro.

In fact, while we're at it, we could have a referendum on PR as well. The next government would then have clear remit for its term of office.


Tervuren, Belgium