Nigel Spearing, who has died aged 86, was for 27 years as a London MP one of Labour’s most dedicated parliamentary Eurosceptics, opposing closer ties with what began as the Common Market and morphed into the EU.
He voted against Britain joining, saw an elected European Parliament as “a threat to UK self-government”, and warned that monetary union would lead to “government by bankers”.
Convinced the EEC was “not at heart a democratic community, but an economy fit for transnational companies to work in”, Spearing chaired the British Anti Common Market Campaign in the early days of UK membership, and more recently was a vice-president of the Campaign for an Independent Britain.
Despite his views on Europe, he proved a scrupulously fair chairman of the European Legislation Scrutiny Committee, but was convinced such measures deserved to be debated by the entire House.
Spearing campaigned to protect...
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