We signed up for the Common Market, however, our entry was in violation of British Law.
The essential convention requires a prior consultation of the people either by a referendum or election on any measure involving constitutional change
By enacting the European Communities Bill through an ordinary vote in the house Ted Heath government breached the constitutional convention.
The fact that we do not have a written constitution makes even more important that we stay within the spirit of our constitution.
Prior to the 1970 general election which made Heath our Prime Minister, people of my age will recall Heath declaring that any government contemplating membership of the European Community could not take this step without the full hearted consent of parliament and the people.
Heath did not have a referendum because opinion polls in 1972 were opposed by two to one against joining the Common Market
So what did he do, he simply signed the documents and took us in because parliament alone had passed the European Communities Bill. So Heath merely signed the documents that took us into what became the European Union on the basis that Parliament alone had passed the European Communities Bill of 1972.
First thing we can do is challenge the Labour policy of saying “We signed up willingly” We did not.
Harold Macmillan and Heath knew that the Common Market was only a front. Enoch Powell and Tony Benn, however, were not fooled and knew that this was a long term political project.
Macmillan instructed his cabinet that the deal must be sold to the people as an economic arrangement for trade and jobs.
Heath carried this lie forward in 1971
Now we have another Conservative Prime Minister who is equally determined to lie to us, using the establishment along with clandestine and dishonorable deal to get his way.