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As a concession to belt-tightening, the decision by a sybaritic German bishop to take a budget airline flight to Rome, is looking like too little, too late.

Thatcher denies harming Major

Baroness Thatcher yesterday fiercely denied she would try to undermine or embarrass John Major in her campaign for a referendum over the Maastricht treaty, which the Prime Minister has ruled out.

Peers in 'wrecking' move over treaty

ANTI-MAASTRICHT campaigners in the Lords yesterday tabled what amounted to a 'wrecking' amendment seeking to prevent the treaty coming into force unless it is backed by a majority of the electorate, writes Patricia Wynn Davies.

Letter: Workers lack protection against Maastricht policies

Sir: The Government's claim that the changes to be brought about by Maastricht are not new, given our earlier adherence to the Treaty of Rome, resembles a claim that there is no essential difference between a first toe into the ocean and a step taking one out of one's depth (report, 8 June).

Resolute band of followers gather in the Lords to hear Tory leader-in-exile's Maastricht rallying cry

BARONESS THATCHER stiffened the resolve of John Major's parliamentary rebels yesterday, telling the Lords that she would never have signed the Maastricht treaty and warning that rejection of a referendum would be a betrayal of the

A fishy coincidence of principle and revenge

THERE WAS a strange, fishy smell in the House of Lords yesterday. What was it? The whiff could be inhaled throughout Baroness Thatcher's speech against the Maastricht treaty. It became pungent when she confessed that as prime minister she had been too trusting of the Europeans. And when she spoke of our ancient British liberties being at threat from a European super-state, the odour was downright acrid.

Maastricht referendum vote expected in the Lords

PEERS are expected to be given the chance to vote on the principle of a referendum on the Maastricht treaty with the Second Reading of the Bill to ratify it in the Lords on 8 July, writes Colin Brown.

Opinions: How do you feel when you hear the word Maastricht?

LOYD GROSSMAN, TV presenter: It makes me think of someone choking. Just the sound of Maastricht is like something caught in the British throat.

Inside Parliament: Last post sounds in Commons for treaty Bill

The Commons bade a weary farewell to the Maastricht treaty legislation last night after 210 hours of debate spread over almost a year, and sent it along the corridor to the House of Lords.

Major defends European stance: Prime Minister casts aside fury roused by Maastricht debate to indulge his passion for cricket

JOHN MAJOR said yesterday that he had been subjected to vilification and venomous attack by media and other critics because of his determined stand on Europe, writes Anthony Bevins.

Rebels to concentrate forces on court action: The Maastricht Treaty: Conservative dissidents likely to vote with the Government in Commons vote on Social Chapter

ANTI-MAASTRICHT Conservative MPs are poised to support the Government in a fraught vote on the Social Chapter opt-out, it emerged yesterday. But ministers might face the rebels' planned court challenge to British ratification of the Maastricht treaty within weeks.

Danish women hold key to Maastricht vote: Gallup poll shows clear majority in favour of ratification

A CLEAR majority of Danes are predicted to vote today in favour of ratifying the Maastricht treaty, breathing life into the prospects for closer European integration.

Danes to put faith in 'yes': A well-informed electorate prepares a heartfelt vote on the Maastricht treaty

THE ONLY Dane not to have expressed an opinion on Tuesday's Maastricht referendum would seem to be Hans Christian Andersen.

Conservatives Meet In Scotland: Hurd gives hint of greater EC flexibility

THE CHANCE of greater EC flexibility, with individual members by-passing Brussels, was offered by Douglas Hurd yesterday.

Shadow cabinet decides to abstain on Maastricht Third Reading

Labour's European credentials were set to come under attack last night after the Shadow cabinet decided that the party should officially abstain on the Third Reading of the Bill to ratify the Maastricht treaty.

Prescott hint on referendum

THE FIRST hint of a Shadow Cabinet crack over a Maastricht referendum has broken with John Prescott, Labour's transport spokesman, appearing to question the leadership's opposition to a national ballot, writes Anthony Bevins.
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