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The United Kingdom European Communities membership referendum, also known as the Referendum on the European Community (Common Market), the Common Market referendum and EEC membership referendum took place on 5 June 1975 in the United Kingdom to gauge support for the country's continued membership of the European Communities (EC)—often known at the time as the "European Community” and the "Common Market" which it had entered on 1 January 1973 under the Conservative government of Edward Heath under the provisions of the Referendum Act 1975. Labour's manifesto for the October 1974 general election had promised that the people would decide "through the ballot box" whether to remain in the EC. This was the first national referendum ever to be held throughout the entire United Kingdom, and was the only national UK-wide referendum held in the 20th Century and remained the only UK-wide referendum until the 2011 referendum on alternative voting was held thirty-six years later and was the only referendum to be held on the UK's relationship with Europe until the 2016 referendum on continued EU membership. The electorate expressed significant support for EC membership, with 67% in favour on a national turnout of 64%. The referendum result was not legally binding, however, it was widely accepted that the vote would be the final say on the matter and would be politically blinding on all future Westminister Parliaments. In a 1975 pamphlet, the then Prime Minister Harold Wilson said: "[. . .] I ask you to use your vote. For it is your vote that will now decide. The Government will accept your verdict." The pamphlet also said: "Now the time has come for you to decide. The Government will accept your decision - whichever way it goes."
Yeah, right, whattt???
would be politically blinding on all future Westminister Parliaments.(1975)
originally posted by: intrptr
Lots of referendum going round Europe.
When is voting in an election just an opinion poll?
originally posted by: intrptr
a reply to: Revolution9
I do not understand the question. An election is never an opinion poll. An opinion poll is.
Referendums are non binding , de facto 'Opinion Polls'. Or did you miss Brexit...
Pleas don't play dumb
originally posted by: Revolution9
5 June 1975 United Kingdom referendum to gauge support for the country's continued membership of the European Communities (EC)...Yes, let's do it, people! Same question 2016 ohh no, don't feel like doing it today.
This is the idea that to create an EU superstate, the will of the people has to be diluted, subverted or destroyed. This is to be done slowly and incrementally. A ratchet of many small steps to disarm the public, each step – like a ratchet – cannot be reversed. Each step – proposed as a solution to some ‘other’ issue (trade, fishing, defence) – seems reasonable enough that it can overcome objections and be implemented. The movement is inexorably from A through Z. But the totality of the steps (destination Z) is never revealed, for the people would never agree to it.
We have just had a referendum we should not have had because the other one was final way back in 1975 and we have decided the exact opposite of what we decided back in 1975 and said it is final and binding. jajajajaja laughs my Mexican mouse!
YES, BRITAIN IS INSANE! I always knew it.
Surely, we can't be allowed to be that disruptive and cherry picking? I have never heard of anything as crazy as this before. How long will it be before we are back saying oh please can we come back in again now that it suits us to.
On a serious note this is some serious manoeuvring opportunity for my stay in the EU camp. Think what a NYC Lawyer could do with this. I don't think many are going to want to deal with us if they check our history. We are toast. We may go cheap in the sales, lol,.Trump will just buy Britain and put a #ing great golf course on it. We'll deserve it.