The transcript of this speech made by Margaret Thatcher in the House of Commons on 30th Oct 1990.
Margaret Thatcher: "Yes, the Commission does want to increase its powers. Yes, it is a non-elected body and I do not want the Commission to increase its powers at the expense of the House, so of course we are differing. Of course…
The President of the Commission, Mr. Delors, said at a press conference the other day that he wanted the European Parliament to be the democratic body of the Community, he wanted the Commission to be the Executive and he wanted the Council of Ministers to be the Senate. No. No. No.
Perhaps the Labour party would give all those things up easily. Perhaps it would agree to a single currency, to total abolition of the pound sterling. Perhaps, being totally incompetent with monetary matters, they’d be only too delighted to hand over full responsibility as they did to the IMF, to a central bank. The fact is they have no competence on money and no competence on the economy—so, yes, the right hon. Gentleman would be glad to hand it all over. What is the point in trying to get elected to Parliament only to hand over your sterling and the powers of this House to Europe?"
If you substitute, Fianna Fail for Labour party, Punt for pound sterling you pretty much have what happened over here. ,
It is ironic that this speech was the beginning of the end for poor Maggie, considering how right she was. Everything she was saying No to was adopted here with relish & glee & has as she predicted back in 1990 led to our end as a sovereign state.