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Ephemera From The 1975 European Referendum

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On 5 June 1975 Britain held a referendum on the country’s continued membership of what was then the Common Market. The question was: “Do you think the UK should stay in the European Community (Common Market)?” The Conservative Party in opposition wanted to remain in the EEC. The governing Labour Party was split. The TUC wanted out.

 

ballot paper EEC 1975

 

At the end, 67.5 % of votes were in favour of staying in.

 

1975 stars VIPs vote Common market

Kenneth More (The Forsyte Saga), Richard Briers (The Good Life), Arthur Lowe (Dad’s Army) and Gyles Brandreth, “who masterminded a scheme called ‘People for Europe’, by which well-known figures paid a small sum to appear on campaign posters. Personalities who signed up to the scheme included the playwright J.B. Priestley; the sculptor Henry Moore; the photographer David Bailey; and Katie Boyle, the actress, game-show panellist and quondam agony aunt who had hosted the Eurovision Song Contest in 1974.)

 

Labour Prime Minister fronted a pamphlet European referendum 1975

 

Labour Prime Minister fronted a pamphlet European referendum 1975

Labour Prime Minister Harold Wilson fronted a pamphlet

 

DEAR VOTER

This pamphlet is being sent by the Government to every household in Britain. We hope that it will help you to decide how to cast your vote in the coming Referendum on the European Community (Common Market).

Please read it. Please discuss it with your family and your friends.

We have tried here to answer some of the important questions you may be asking, with natural anxiety, about the historic choice that now faces all of us.

We explain why the Government, after long, hard negotiations, are recommending to the British people that we should remain a member of the European Community.

We do not pretend, and never have pretended, that we got everything we wanted in these negotiations. But we did get big and significant improvements on the previous terms.

We confidently believe that these better terms can give Britain a New Deal in Europe. A Deal that will help us, help the Commonwealth, and help our partners in Europe.

That is why we are asking you to vote in favour of remaining in the Community.

I ask you again to read and discuss this pamphlet.

Above all, I ask you to use your vote.

For it is your vote that will now decide. The Government will accept your verdict.

Harold Wilson

 

Labour Prime Minister fronted a pamphlet European referendum 1975

Labour Prime Minister fronted a pamphlet European referendum 1975

Eu Ref 1975

1975 Europe

1975 Europe

1975 Europe

1975 Europe

The Young European Left

The Young European Left

Young European Left

Young European Left

Young European Left

Young European Left

Margaret Thatcher 1975 referendum Europe Common Market

Margaret Thatcher, newly elected as leader of the Conservative Party,

 

The Spectator, June 1975

The Spectator, June 1975

EU referendum 1975

EU referendum 1975

EU referendum 1975

Common Market Vote

Common Market Vote No

Car Sticker By Keep Britain Out

Get Britain Out 1975 Europe

Get Britain Out 1975 Europe

Get Britain Out 1975 Europe

Get Britain Out 1975 Europe

Car sticker 1975

Car sticker

Common market stickers

Eu Referendum

Common market pamphlet vote 1975

1975 Europe

1975 Europe

1975 Europe

Yes pamphlet d

Common Market Safeguards

Common Market Safeguards

Free Presbytarain church Ulster

 

1975 celebrities

British Lions player Willie John McBride; Welsh scrum half, Gareth Edwards; jockey Lester Piggott; and three of the most successful football managers of the day: Jock Stein, Don Revie and Sir Matt Busby.

London EU referendum 1975

London Co-op a

Eu ref yes

London Evening Standard 1975 eu ref

Labour Common market 1975

1975 National Front

CAmpaign Nuclear Disarmament

Campaign Nuclear Disarmament

 

EU ref Nazi

Daily Mirror's popular agony aunt, Marjorie Proops. Proops offered a no-nonsense endorsement of the Common Market, telling readers that 'staying in means the difference between a struggle for survival and a better future for everyone'.

Daily Mirror agony aunt Marjorie Proops.

Pictures via: Referendum 75, Thatcher Crisis Years, Gladstone Diaries, The Boiling Frog, LSE