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The way we were: the 1975 Referendum

Extracts from memoirs and diaries

By Ian Irvine   March 2016

Barbara Castle supported the "no" campaign at an Oxford Union debate ©Ray Roberts/Rex Shutterstock

Read more: The way we were—Britain and refugees

On 5th June 1975, the first UK referendum took place on the question “Do you think the United Kingdom should remain part of the European Community (the Common Market)?”. The country had joined in 1973. The UK’s terms were renegotiated by Harold Wilson, the Prime Minister, and James Callaghan, the Foreign Secretary…

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