Jack Blanchard talks to some of the key British players involved in passing the Maastricht Treaty and wonders if this was the moment that set Britain on course for Brexit.
Former British diplomat John Kerr recalls epic all-night negotiations in Holland, including a session where he hid under a table to offer secret advice to Prime Minister John Major. Treasury Minister Francis Maude recounts how he was sent to sign the treaty by his then boss, Chancellor Norman Lamont, who apparently did not want his own name on the document.
Rebel MPs Iain Duncan Smith and Bill Cash recall the heated debates in Parliament that followed, with Tory eurosceptics working hand-in-hand with opposition Labor MPs led by shadow Europe minister George Robertson, who appears also on the podcast.
Former Tory Whip Andrew Mitchell remembers the Major government’s valiant but ultimately failed attempts to get rebel MPs back on track. And Professor Catherine Barnard of Cambridge University explains the wider significance of the Maastricht Treaty and its impact on Britain 30 years later.