Suggestion for European free trade area has echoes of Heath duping Britain back in the early Seventies
Letter of the day: BREXIT row
Remoaners savage the sensible suggestion that a workable form of Brexit is that, while leaving the EU and reclaiming our territorial, legislative and legal independence and integrity, we remain part of a European free trade area.
A common market? Great idea. Why not? Hang on, though. Where have I heard that before? Common market, isn't that exactly what Edward Heath told us all we were joining in the early Seventies?
To those of us still a bit iffy on the issue, he sought to reassure, or, in reality dupe, people in a June 1971 White Paper posted to every household that said: "There is no question of Britain losing essential sovereignty."
Of course, Heath already knew that the Common Market was just baloney; a false flag scam. In 1960, Sir Roderick Barclay, head of the UK delegation to the European Commission in Brussels, sent a despatch to the Foreign Office stressing that, "the aim of the Community was not merely harmonisation, but the unification of policies in every field of the economic union, ie economic policy, social policy, commercial policy, tariff policy and fiscal policy".
"That this was not just pie in the sky needed to be made clear to the politicians," he added.
Heath also had personal confirmation that this was the case. In 1960, as Minister of State for Europe, he was told in a meeting by Walter Hallstein, president of the Commission, that the European project was ultimately federation with total, centralised rule from Brussels, which Britain had to accept if he wanted to join.
But the British public were not told. Heath steadfastly denied everything and kept the truth secret. He was thus able to con us into letting him sleepwalk us into Europe.
When later pulled about lying, Heath did not even deny it, just sneered as if it justified his behaviour: "The British public are too ignorant to be involved in governing themselves."
Clearly, the Remoaners share Heath's views. But we're not all daft, you know.
Carrickfergus, Co Antrim