Harold Wilson vs Jeremy Corbyn: How the leaders stack up – did Wilson back staying in EU?

In the final few months before the referendum, Mr Wilson finally took a stance, telling his cabinet: “I had anxieties right up to the last few days, but I now recommend that we stay in.”

The PM sent a pamphlet out to voters, outlining the Labour leader’s position.

In the preface, which urged people to read the government’s conclusions before voting, the document read: “We explain why the Government after long, hard negotiations are recommending to the British people that we should remain a member of the Europen Community,

“We do not pretend, and have never pretended, that we got everything we wanted in those 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.”


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