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Last stop, Europe

Labour's strategy for getting Britain into the euro is still too passive and economistic. Ministers should read this book, says former Robin Cook adviser

By David Clark   November 2001

As director of the single currency lobby group, Britain in Europe, Simon Buckby has one of the least enviable jobs in British politics. Launched two years ago to a fanfare of heavyweight support from Tony Blair, Ken Clarke and Michael Heseltine, Britain in Europe has struggled to make headway in the face of unrelenting public opposition to euro entry, visceral media hostility and the refusal of the government to provide leadership on the issue.

To cap it all, Tony Blair’s first tentative steps towards a proper debate on the euro, heralded in his undelivered TUC speech of 11th September, became…

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