'EDWARD HEATH has not only been accused of lying to the electorate when he took Britain into the bloc but, according to newly-resurfaced reports, the former Prime Minister also received a financial reward that would be the equivalent of £1.5million before he signed away British sovereignty.
Theresa May has resigned as Prime Minister after a furious response from many Conservative MPs to her latest Brexit deal. She confirmed on Friday that she will leave Downing Street for good on June 7. David Jones, the former Brexit Secretary, said: “I have been an MP for 14 years and I have never seen such anger among colleagues. She is desperate, she is deluded and she is doomed.”
Mrs May’s last-ditch attempt to get a deal through included offering a vote on whether to hold a second referendum, as well as a choice over the UK’s future customs arrangements.
As Brexit uncertainty looms with the prospect of not only a new leader but a General Election drawing closer, newly-resurfaced reports have shed some light on the man who took Britain into the bloc in the first place.
Former Prime Minister Edward Heath signed the accession treaty to join the EEC – the precursor to the EU – in 1972.
However, that was just the culmination of a lifetime of efforts as the Conservative politician had already started warming to his task in 1961, when Harold Macmillan announced he had applied to join the Community for the first time.
Mr Heath quickly gained the nickname of “Mr Europe” and kept pressing Britain’s cause in Brussels and championing the European aspiration at home.
Despite the failure of Mr Macmillan's negotiations, Mr Heath’s contribution was still praised.
According to his 1993 biography written by John Campbell, after French President Charles De Gaulle exercised his veto against Britain, Mr Heath responded: “We in Britain are not going to turn our backs on the mainland of Europe or on the countries of the Community.
“We are a part of Europe: by geography, tradition, history, culture and civilisation.”'
Read more: EU DECEPTION? How Edward Heath was 'given £1.5MILLION before taking Britain into bloc
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