Parliament: Europe: Blair in `plot to sell out UK' at summit
Tuesday 07 December 1999
Ahead of the EU summit in Helsinki, John Maples, the Shadow Foreign Secretary, increased pressure on Mr Blair over EU demands for a withholding tax on investments, which threaten up to 10,000 jobs in the City of London.
Mr Maples claimed that Mr Blair wanted to go along with the "integrationist agenda" and was "plotting to sell us out by stealth in Europe - he's going to Helsinki this weekend to conceded British interests and to bring his dream of a European superstate ever closer."
Downing Street dismissed reports that Britain's EU partners were seeking to declare the withholding tax a single market issue to sidestep Britain's power of veto.
The Labour Party last night denied a report in the Daily Mail claiming that the Chancellor was so enraged at the attempt to impose the withholding tax on Britain that he had ordered a retreat from Britain's plans to enter the single currency if the conditions were right.
Much-loved cartoon character returns - without Sir David Jason
Liam Neeson's Downton dreams
Matt Smith is set to join cast of the Jane Austen classic - with a twist
Actress to appear in second series of the hugely popular crime drama
Olympic diver has made his modelling debut for Adidas
- 2 Scottish independence: Learn from Quebec's mistakes and beware of promises. Vote Yes.
- 3 'Necrophilia-obsessed' girl among double murder accused in three-way sex case
- 4 A bottle of wine a day is not bad for you and abstaining is worse than drinking, scientist claims
Thailand beach murders: Thai PM suggests 'attractive' female tourists cannot expect to be safe wearing bikinis
Scottish independence: Final opinion polls show undecided voters could swing result either way
Isis release 'Flames of War' video warning Obama of attacks troops could face in Iraq
Jennifer Lawrence 'naked sex video' will be leaked next, threatens 4Chan celebrity photo hacker
Hitler’s former food taster reveals the horrors of the Wolf’s Lair
Daniele Watts: Django Unchained actress detained by Los Angeles police after being mistaken for a prostitute
Scottish independence referendum: A nation divided against itself
The political class is doing what Hitler couldn’t – destroying Britain
Scottish independence: Nationalist leader Jim Sillars threatens pro-union companies with 'day of reckoning' after independence
Portuguese academic says British are 'filthy, violent and drunk'
Scottish independence: David Cameron is becoming the 'George Bush of Britain'
£40000 - £50000 Per Annum + excellent benefits: Clearwater People Solutions Lt...
£1036224 - £1513056 per annum: Randstad Education Cambridge: Randstad Educatio...
£21552 - £31588 per annum: Randstad Education Cambridge: Are you a fully quali...
£110 - £130 per day + Competitive rates of pay: Randstad Education Reading: Pr...