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Artist or CreatorNicholas Garland
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Published byThe Daily Telegraph
Date24 Feb 1995
Embedded text or transcriptWednesdays vote on Europe Unionists Euro Rebels After the Founders of Barings by
Thos. Lawrence
Person DepictedMajor; John (1943-)
Clarke; Kenneth (1940-)
Hurd; Douglas
NotesArtwork not dated, date estimated from news. News : John Major has decided to put his
authority on the line in a knife edge vote in Europe next week in which the governments
fate will almost certainly be decided by its nine whipless rebels. In a move that suprised
the supporters and opponents, the Prime Ministr opted yesterday to spearhead the
Government's defence against a Labour motion attaacking its policy on the European Union.
He faces a perilously close vote becuase the Ulster Unionists, who have saved the
government in crucial divisions in the recent past, seem poised to withdraw their backing
and exact a heavy penalty for what they see as the sell-out of the Anglo-Irish framework
document. But it appeared last night that Mr Major had embarked on a high risk strategy
that, if succesful, could result in some of the rebels who lost the whip last November
returning to the fold and restoring the governments overall majority. His highly unusual
decision to speak out on an opposition motion was not taken by Cabinet but by Mr Major
himself, in consultation with senior colleagues. It emerged that he had decided to speak in
order to give an "authorative statement" of the governments policy on Europe, which has
become more Euro-sceptical since the turn of the year. [Philip Webster, The Times, 24th
February 1995]
SubjectsConservative Party
Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs
parliamentary procedures
Chancellor of the Exchequer
prime ministers
European Union
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