Remainers are wrong to claim Margaret Thatcher supported the EU - here's why: Yorkshire Post Letters

From: MR Gilbert, Thongsbridge, Holmfirth.

Margaret Thatcher pictured in May 2004 (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)

In response to the letter from Dr OJ Sykes, “Tories should remember Thatcher’s words on single market” (The Yorkshire Post, August 1).

Oh how selective Dr Sykes is in his lame effort to still get the UK to reverse its decisive majority Leave vote by quoting an old statement by Mrs Thatcher when we were about to vote to join the EEC, which was sold to UK voters by Edward Heath as a common market – a trading block.

Sign up to our daily newsletter

The i newsletter cut through the noise

It was never stated that its aim was to become a political force to usurp sovereign parliaments with a leadership of non-elected bureaucrats. Please look at Thatcher’s later comments on the subject of Europe as she became increasingly disenchanted with its aims and it costs.

Margaret Thatcher backed Britain leaving the European Union, according to the final volume of her authorised biography. She confided to a friend that the UK would be “better off outside” the EU once she had left Number 10, according to the third and final volume of Charles Moore’s biography of Lady Thatcher.

Out of office, Mrs Thatcher had gradually come to think that Britain should find a way to leave the EU and told this to “many people... in the manner of confiding a secret,” Moore says.

So that is what her thoughts were after she had seen the body that evolved to become the EU. The people of the UK were never permitted to vote on it becoming a Union with greater and greater political powers, rather than a mutually dependent trading block. And so we rejected the EU which would appear to be on a slow road to self-destruct.

As for Dr Sykes condemning the use of political advisers in the current government, look at the past to Tony Blair and his umbilically-connected Alastair Campbell. They all have advisers.

Editor’s note: first and foremost - and rarely have I written down these words with more sincerity - I hope this finds you well.

Almost certainly you are here because you value the quality and the integrity of the journalism produced by The Yorkshire Post’s journalists - almost all of which live alongside you in Yorkshire, spending the wages they earn with Yorkshire businesses - who last year took this title to the industry watchdog’s Most Trusted Newspaper in Britain accolade.

And that is why I must make an urgent request of you: as advertising revenue declines, your support becomes evermore crucial to the maintenance of the journalistic standards expected of The Yorkshire Post. If you can, safely, please buy a paper or take up a subscription. We want to continue to make you proud of Yorkshire’s National Newspaper but we are going to need your help.

Postal subscription copies can be ordered by calling 0330 4030066 or by emailing [email protected] Vouchers, to be exchanged at retail sales outlets - our newsagents need you, too - can be subscribed to by contacting subscriptions on 0330 1235950 or by visiting where you should select The Yorkshire Post from the list of titles available.

If you want to help right now, download our tablet app from the App / Play Stores. Every contribution you make helps to provide this county with the best regional journalism in the country.

Sincerely. Thank you.

James Mitchinson