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Mr Hoon and the EU

November 22nd, 2000

A letter to the Daily Telegraph which was published on 22nd November 2000.

Mr Hoon may believe that there is no intention to decouple the United States from European security.  But what is one transient British politician’s “intention” worth besides the French governing classes’ 50-year-old objective to do exactly that?

Mr Hoon said on the radio that there would be “no Euro-badges, no Euro-flags, no anthems”.  Last Sunday saw the publication of one of two designs of Euro-badges being considered for the new Euro-force.  The only British declaration the continentals will ever pay serious heed to is when we give notice to withdraw from the EU and join Efta and Nafta instead.