It brings us back to the same old argument that those in favour of Maastricht are against the idea of a full debate on the subject leading to a vote by the people. They constantly refer to the Referendum Party as anti-European. That is incorrect. Neither are all the 400 selected parliamentary candidates anti-European nor all the 45,000-strong registered supporters of the Referendum Party. They are, however, all 100 per cent of the belief that the potential loss of our national sovereignty is a decision to be taken by the people.
As for Mr Reid's suggestionthat we want a referendum "allowing the public a retrospective vote on the Maastricht treaty", it served the government to do it in 1975, when, and here I repeat a quote that Sir James used in his letter, there was "no question of any erosion of essential national sovereignty".
So now, when there is clearly a huge amount to lose and a decision to be made that will affect generations to come, is it not time to let the people decide?
Sebastian C Sainsbury
Parliamentary Candidate for
The Referendum Party