No EEC poll

The Scotsman - - Perspective / Letters To The Editor -

In the ab­stract, William Bal­lan­tine’s sug­ges­tion of a 60 per cent thresh­old for change when a ref­er­en­dum is held sounds sen­si­ble. How­ever, had a ref­er­en­dum been held prior to the UK join­ing the EEC in 1973, it is un­likely that this thresh­old would have been met (pub­lic opin­ion seems to have been fairly equally di­vided at that time) and clearly the then Gov­ern­ment did not be­lieve it could ob­tain even a sim­ple ma­jor­ity if a ref­er­en­dum had been held be­fore greater pow­ers were given to the EU un­der the Lis­bon Treaty. It would be a cu­ri­ous thing if the pub­lic were given no vote at all be­fore join­ing an or­gan­i­sa­tion but were then told that it took a 60 per cent vote to leave.

GE­ORGE RITCHIE

Green­hill Gar­dens, Ed­in­burgh

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