A somewhat less happy anniversary today: twenty years ago the Treaty on European Union, otherwise known as the Maastricht Treaty was signed. That, of course, was not the end of the story even of the treaty and its implementation but the date does need to be remembered. Members of the Conservative Party (if there be any left) might like to remind themselves as to which party was in government at the time.Not only did Maastricht signal a great leap forward in European integration - making us all, including the Queen, EU citizens - and fostering the beginnings of UKIP but it lay the foundations of the destruction of the Tory party. They have never won an election since Maastricht was passed by Parliament.
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