New Forest East

EUROPE – EMU – 29 March 2000

Dr Julian Lewis: What assessment he [Secretary of State for Trade & Industry] has made of the implications for small businesses of future British non-participation in the single European currency?

[SUPPLEMENTARY:] Is the Minister [Helen Liddell] aware that the result of the latest ICM poll, which was commissioned by the commonsense Conservative Keep the Pound campaign, shows yet again that more than 60 per cent. of the British people do not wish Britain to join the single currency and that only 28 per cent. do? Does the right hon. Lady realise that the proportion of the British people who are against joining the single currency is much higher than the average among small businesses? Why do she and the Government persist with their arrogant disregard for the opinion of small business men and the British people as a whole on this crucial issue?