Quite often we get historical additions to the archive which have contemporary relevance and today is no exception. We were gifted a bundle of leaflets relating to the 1975 Referendum on the European Community (Common Market).
The leaflets and pamphlets include material from Britain in Europe and the National Referendum campaign alongside official information literature produced by HMSO.
The UK European Communities membership referendum, also known as the Referendum on the European Community (Common Market), the Common Market referendum and EEC membership referendum, took place under the provisions of the Referendum Act 1975 on 5 June 1975 in the United Kingdom to gauge support for the country’s continued membership of the European Communities (EC) — often known at the time as the European Community and the Common Market — which it had entered on 1st January 1973 under the Conservative government of Edward Heath. Labour’s manifesto for the October 1974 general election had promised that the people would decide through the ballot box whether to remain in the EC. This was the first national referendum ever to be held throughout the entire UK.
The result was that 67% voted Yes to remain in the EC, with a national turnout of 64%.