Pro-euro campaign endorsed by Blair

TONY BLAIR moved up a gear in his campaign to persuade the British public to join the single currency last night by endorsing a drive to "explain the benefits" of the euro.

The Prime Minister supported a mission statement issued by Britain In Europe, the embryo "Yes" campaign for a single currency referendum.

The statement said: "We aim to promote public understanding of the importance to Britain of playing a leading role in the European Union, and of retaining the option to join a single currency in the next Parliament while explaining the benefits of a successful single currency."

This has been endorsed by the four political leaders of the campaign; Mr Blair, Kenneth Clarke, Michael Heseltine and Charles Kennedy, the Liberal Democrat leader.

Mr Blair said yesterday: "The political and economic case for positive engagement for Britain in Europe is overwhelming. I want British businessmen and women and believers in Britain In Europe of all political persuasions to make the case with me. This is a time to put narrow party advantage to one side."

The Britain In Europe statement also said: "We seek to ensure the British people reject the views of anti-Europeans who would undermine Britain's position in the EU ... Britain's national interest is best served as a strong and influential member of the EU."

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