Thatcher ‘Eurosceptic’ speech was never meant to be anti-EU, documents show



Margaret Thatcher’s Bruges speech on the future of Europe became a seminal text for Eurosceptics in the UK but was partly inspired by a Europhile and never intended to be an anti-European speech, newly released documents suggest.
A note to Mrs Thatcher from Hugh Thomas, then chairman of the Centre for Policy Studies think-tank, set out how the Prime Minister might approach her Europe speech.
The document, from June 1988, noted that Britain was “doing well” within the European Community but sought to challenge federalist ideas.
Mrs Thatcher’s Bruges speech was delivered in September 1988.... read more

 
21 July 2018 in Politics, Views: 66
Source: Scotsman
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