Single Currency

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 20th July 2000.

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Photo of Tony Baldry Tony Baldry Conservative, Banbury 12:00 am, 20th July 2000

Does the Chancellor accept that there is not a single Member of this House who believes that the economic tests are anything other than entirely politically self-serving? There is not a single Member of the House who believes that a decision on a referendum will be made on anything other than political judgments. Would it not be far more politically honest and far more in the public interest if the Labour party were to say that if it won the next election, there would be a referendum on the single currency in the lifetime of the next Parliament? The policy that the Government are currently pursuing is bringing not only the single currency but the Labour party into discredit.