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Molyneaux was an example to EU opponents

Published 29/02/2016

The death of a loved-one seldom comes at "the right time", yet it seems appropriate that my much-loved mentor, Lord (Jim) Molyneaux, should have been called home on Commonwealth Day (March 9), 2015.

Were Jim alive today, I am sure he would be counselling others against the folly of trying to placate separatists in Scotland and nationalists in both England and Northern Ireland.

As the referendum on UK membership of the EU draws near, I am mindful that, prior to Ted Heath withdrawing the Conservative whip from Ulster Unionist MPs at Westminster in February 1974, Jim was only one of eight MPs (out of 340) then in receipt of the Tory whip, to oppose our entry into what was then called the European Economic Community.

He remained steadfastly opposed to UK membership of the EU until his death. Were he alive today, I know Jim would be to the fore in urging folk to vote to leave the European Union.

CHRISTOPHER LUKE

Royal Tunbridge Wells, Kent

Belfast Telegraph

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