Conservatives Against the Treaty of Rome, 1975
1975 Common Market Referendum campaign, the Conservative
opponents of Britain’s continued membership of the European Economic Community
(EEC), led by Neil Marten, Ronald Bell, Richard Body, and a handful of other
Tory MPs, joined together with Tory constituency activists to form
Against the Treaty of Rome (C.A.T.O.R.), an organization whose express purpose
was to campaign for a ‘No’ vote in that 1975 Referendum.
Having joined this
penniless campaign as a freelance journalist and young Oxford graduate (1973),
along with my brother, Anthony, who played an active role in that campaign, I
subsequently invited to draft C.A.T.O.R.’s official manifesto, The
Case Against the EEC, which was officially launched on 3rd June 1975.
this manifesto and the Conservative ‘No’ campaign in general received
coverage in what was then an overwhelmingly hostile ‘pro-European’ media, the
text of this long forgotten manifesto is set out below for the benefit of
members and other 21st century readers. You can judge for yourself the extent
which this humble 1975 document (originally 8 pages of typescript) has proved
be prophetic, and the extent to which the economic scaremongering it
years ago remains a key component of pro-EU propaganda today.
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