Hands up! I admit it. I was wrong. I made a mistake. I was young enough to vote. I wasn’t old enough to know better.
Yup, I voted ‘yes’ to continue our membership of the Common Market. The 1975 referendum was not about whether to join up. Prime Minister Edward Heath had taken us in, in 1973. It was asking should we stay?
67% of the electorate put their crosses where I put mine. Now I’m cross that I was so badly misled.
I voted for common sense and a free trade area. Not for a European Union. And I certainly didn’t want a new and costly law making bureaucracy that would tell the UK what we can and can’t do.
The arguments then were similar to today. Both sides forecasting fire and brimstone if we did the opposite of what they wanted. Predictions and projections that made your hair curl. I had some in those days.
The great Freddie Mercury got it right you know in that same year of 1975. It was the first time that we heard his lyrics: “Thunderbolt and lightning, very, very frightening me. Oh, mama mia, mama mia (Mama mia, let me go.)” The Sun newspaper had it right after all. Queen did want out!
The last 41 years have seen an administrative monster grow big and fat by stealthily devouring our sovereignty and self determination. That’s not what I signed up to. And I remain convinced it’s not what the majority of 'yes' voters wanted either.
I for one will not be making the same mistake again.
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