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Panorama Sunday, 10 March, 2002, 22:11 GMT
The great euro debate
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The great euro debate

More and more politicians are calling for the British people to be given their say on adopting the euro.

Conservative Party leader Iain Duncan Smith believes the government is "hiding behind" its idea of five economic tests. Speaking in January on BBC TV's Breakfast With Frost, he said: "Mr Blair should have the guts, in due course, to put that in front of the public."

Meanwhile Liberal Democrat leader Charles Kennedy has called for the public to be given a voice. Speaking in February, he called for Tony Blair to have the "courage of his convictions."

He has suggested a euro referendum on 5 June next year. That would be 28 years, to the day, since Britain voted to stay in the European Common Market in 1975.

The question of which way to vote rests chiefly on the issues of the economy, politics and sovereignty.

Follow the links below to read the arguments for and against.




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Yes
 44.71% 

No
 55.29% 

11755 Votes Cast

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