Referendum campaign over EU

I AM writing to draw the attention of West Sussex Gazette readers to the Campaign for Referendum on our membership of the European Union.

It is argued by some who are in favour of our continued membership that the question was settled once and for all by the referendum that was held in 1975.

However, most of us who voted ‘yes’ on that occasion thought we were voting for a trade agreement. As Enoch Powell said: ‘What I do find lacking, and alarmingly lacking, is still any understanding of what kind of animal the EEC really is’.

The former Labour Party leader, Hugh Gaitskell, did understand and he explained at the Party Conference in October 1961 that, if we joined what was then the European Economic Community (EEC), Britain would become a mere province of Europe.

He said on that occasion: ‘We must be clear about this; it does mean.... the end of Britain as an independent European state ... and it means the end of a thousand years of history’.

Those who feel that the time has come for another refeendum on the matter can get in touch with the Campaign at or by phoning 0800 157 7916.

John Strange

Gorse Avenue, Worthing