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Orders of the Day — European Assembly Elections Bill

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 7th July 1977.

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Photo of Dr Colin Phipps Dr Colin Phipps , Dudley West 12:00 am, 7th July 1977

There is much in what the right hon. Member for Down, South (Mr. Powell) has just said in his analysis. I agree with much of it, and other supporters of the Common Market will also agree. There is a major difference, however. The things that the right hon. Gentleman fears are, in many cases, the same things as I hope for.

I am unashamedly in favour of a united Europe. My hon. Friend the Member for Liverpool, Walton (Mr. Heffer) was a little unfair to many of us who, over the years, have made it clear that our reason for being here and what we hope to see is a united Europe. My right hon. Friend the Member for Dart-ford (Mr. Irving) said earlier that it was known that I was in favour of a federal Europe of which the United Kingdom was a member. This has always been my hope, and I have never shirked from stating it. The same applies also to many hon. Members on both sides. To speak of a subtle and insidious process of lulling and gently sweeping the British public into Europe is to do less than justice to many hon. Members.