National Referendum on the European Union

Part of Backbench Business — [34th Allotted Day] – in the House of Commons at 6:22 pm on 24th October 2011.

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Photo of Mark Lazarowicz Mark Lazarowicz Labour, Edinburgh North and Leith 6:22 pm, 24th October 2011

The hon. Gentleman reminds us that the debate about joining the European Economic Community back in 1974 or 1976 was never just an economic argument. It was precisely the argument about securing peace in Europe that was behind European union, and that was also one of the factors that was put forward in the debate at that time, although I accept that economic motives were the prime issue in that debate.