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Prime Ministerial Speech: Signing of Maastricht Treaty
Aubyn Myerscough, the Prime Minister, addresses a group of diplomats and civil servants on the Maastricht Treaty.

Ladies and gentlemen,

It is my great pleasure to speak to you - the hardworking public servants and diplomats who fight for British interests day in, day out - on the eve of your achievement: the signing of the Maastricht Treaty and a reformed Europe.

It is a treaty for a new Europe, ready for a new era, committed to fighting the challenges we face together. It is a treaty that reminds us that what 12 nations is  committed to is a ‘union among the peoples of Europe”. It reminds us that the now European Union is not about government, bureaucracy, and state control but it is about the people, community, and the public interest. The interest of ours - and the Community’s citizens - must always come first and foremost. 

Unlike others who have flip-flopped on Europe, the Government has remained steadfast to our commitment of a Europe for the people, a Europe that works for the public, and a Europe respects the diversity of our communities. I’ve always believed that Britain needs as much Europe and cooperation as is necessary and as much democracy in the European Union as possible, while maintaining the right to opt-out on the issues it matters so strongly about. 

That is why Britain drove the creation of the single European Market, making it easier to trade across borders. It’s why we fought for and won a fairer budget settlement for our country. And it’s why we’ve worked with our allies for responds to the needs of its European citizens, while respecting national identity and national traditions.

And that is what you’ve secured with the Maastricht Treaty. It commits to further integration of financial services benefitting London and the U.K. It ensures our hardworking police offices have access to information and support if a fugitive from British justice is in Europe. It strengthens the role of democracy, with an empowered European Parliament and a clear role for the British Government. No law, not a single one, will be implemented in Britain without approval by a British Minister in the European Council or the scrutiny of British MEPs in the European Parliament. It protects the pound, while also giving the British people the right to choose the Euro if they see fit. This is a good deal for Britain - and it is a good deal for Europe too. 

I am very fond of saying to as many audiences as possible that the new millennium is just eight years away. It will be a millennium of enormous opportunity, change, and transformation. And we must make a success of our membership, working with our allies and also those who we disagree with towards the national interest and a common goal. A more prosperous, responsive, democratic Europe is what will come about of this Treaty - and a stronger Britain too. 
Redgrave | A-Team
This speech goes down well with the diplomats and civil servants it was given to and many of them privately remark how nice it is to have a Tory PM who understands the value of working with Europe.

As shown by the BBC News story already, some of Myerscough's remarks make it into the evening bulletins and overall it's perceived as the PM outlining his vision of how Britain can lead within Europe.

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