Jack Blanchard speaks to several key UK figures regarding the passage of the Maastricht Treaty and considers whether it is time to put Britain on the path to Brexit.
Former British diplomat John Kerr recalls negotiations that lasted all night in the Netherlands, including a session in which he hid under a table to give secret advice to Prime Minister John Major. Finance Secretary Francis Maude told how he was sent to sign the treaty by prime minister Norman Lamont, who apparently didn’t want his own name included in the document.
Rebel MPs Iain Duncan Smith and Bill Cash recall the heated parliamentary debates that followed, with Tory Euroskeptics working hand-in-hand with opposition Labor MPs led by European shadow minister George Robertson, who also appeared on the podcast.
Tory veteran Andrew Mitchell recalls the Major’s government’s courageous but ultimately aborted efforts to push rebel MPs back on track. And Professor Catherine Barnard of Cambridge University explains the broader importance of the Maastricht Treaty and its impact on Britain, 30 years later.
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