Britain's European Union Membership Referendum 1975

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Britain's European Union Membership Referendum 1975

Post by Harry Hayfield » Sun Feb 26, 2017 7:41 pm

Britain formally joined the European Union (then known as the European Economic Community) in 1973, but following the election of Harold Wilson as Prime Minster in 1974 at the head of a Labour government with only a bare majority, a referendum was called in June 1975 to ask the people whether the United Kingdom should formally join the Community. The Labour government was split on the issue with the Prime Minister in favour but several members of his cabinet opposed, leading to a debate televised by the BBC between the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (Tony Benn) and the Chancellor (Roy Jenkins)

[video]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_zBFh6bpcMo[/video]

In the end the United Kingdom voted by almost two to one to join with a selection of the results and comments during the counting seen here

[video]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bYBskAcSopU[/video]

The final result of the referendum was:
Yes, I agree that the United Kingdom should be a member of the EEC 17,379,121 votes (67%)
No, I do not agree that the United Kingdom should be a member of the EEC 8,470,073 votes (33%)
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