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"Referendum: A Historic Decision Shaping Nations and the EU" In 1975, amidst a backdrop of political tension and uncertainty

Background imageReferendum Collection: Home Secretary Roy Jenkins speaks during a debate on the Common Market

Home Secretary Roy Jenkins speaks during a debate on the Common Market. Staying inside the Common Market will be best for Britain, Europe and the world

Background imageReferendum Collection: France-Britain-Eu-Brexit-Flag-Referendum

France-Britain-Eu-Brexit-Flag-Referendum
This photo illustration created on May 20, 2016 in Lille shows the flags of the European Union and the United Kingdom. On June 23

Background imageReferendum Collection: Beverly Pilkington, 22 year old model from Essex, wearing Pro Europe white tee shirt with

Beverly Pilkington, 22 year old model from Essex, wearing Pro Europe white tee shirt with the slogan, Europe or bust? 19th May 1975

Background imageReferendum Collection: Siv Hederby, 20 year old model from Sweden, voices here approval by wearing Pro Europe

Siv Hederby, 20 year old model from Sweden, voices here approval by wearing Pro Europe Common Market bikini, which incorporates the flags of all nine Market members

Background imageReferendum Collection: Anti Common Market newsagent, Redcar. 1971

Anti Common Market newsagent, Redcar. 1971

Background imageReferendum Collection: Speakers corner at St Peters Square in Central Manchester. 15th April 1977

Speakers corner at St Peters Square in Central Manchester. 15th April 1977

Background imageReferendum Collection: Pro Europe Women wearing traditional costumes ahead of referendum, pictured in Solihull

Pro Europe Women wearing traditional costumes ahead of referendum, pictured in Solihull, West Midlands, England, 31st May 1975

Background imageReferendum Collection: Edinburghs old Royal High School makes its debut as a mini parliament

Edinburghs old Royal High School makes its debut as a mini parliament, 28th April 1980. In the smaller, more convenient West Lobby

Background imageReferendum Collection: Guardian William Wallace (Gordon Walker) spears Major Block (Jim Dunsmorg

Guardian William Wallace (Gordon Walker) spears Major Block (Jim Dunsmorg) during a referendum fight in Buchanan Street Precinct, Glasgow, Scotland, 20th February 1979

Background imageReferendum Collection: Office Girls count the results of the Record Referendum, over 45

Office Girls count the results of the Record Referendum, over 45, 475 received at the offices of the Daily Record, Picture Published 29th November 1976

Background imageReferendum Collection: Office Girl counts the results of the Record Referendum, over 45

Office Girl counts the results of the Record Referendum, over 45, 475 received at the offices of the Daily Record, Picture Published 18th November 1976

Background imageReferendum Collection: Symbolic Opening Ceremony with 12ft key at the gates of the Scottish Assembly

Symbolic Opening Ceremony with 12ft key at the gates of the Scottish Assembly, at Edinburghs Royal High School, with security guards watching through the barred gates, 29th June 1980

Background imageReferendum Collection: Esteladas are reflected in a puddle of water three days after the banned independence

Esteladas are reflected in a puddle of water three days after the banned independence
Esteladas (Catalan separatist flag) are reflected in a puddle of water three days after the banned independence referendum in Barcelona, Spain October 4, 2017

Background imageReferendum Collection: A man adjusts his tie at a Pro-Brexit event to celebrate the invoking of Article 50 after

A man adjusts his tie at a Pro-Brexit event to celebrate the invoking of Article 50 after Britains Prime Minister Theresa May triggered the process by which the United Kingdom will leave the European

Background imageReferendum Collection: A bird flies past a man walking underneath an Estelada (Catalan separatist flag

A bird flies past a man walking underneath an Estelada (Catalan separatist flag) four days after the banned independence referendum, in Barcelona, Spain October 5, 2017

Background imageReferendum Collection: On Referendum Day cartoon illustrations by Norman Morrow. Showing imagined scenes of husband

On Referendum Day cartoon illustrations by Norman Morrow. Showing imagined scenes of husband and wife on referendum day, including at breakfast, discussions, visits of canvassers

Background imageReferendum Collection: Polling Station, Referendum Day, 5 June 1975

Polling Station, Referendum Day, 5 June 1975
Scene outside a Polling Station in the London Borough of Wandsworth, 5 June 1975. A Referendum was being held on the UK's membership of the EEC (now the EU), which it had joined in 1973

Background imageReferendum Collection: Ian Mikardo, British Labour politician

Ian Mikardo, British Labour politician
Ian Mikardo (1908-1993), nicknamed Mik, British Labour and Co-operative politician, a left-wing backbench MP for four decades in the House of Commons, and a Zionist

Background imageReferendum Collection: James Callaghan, Labour politician

James Callaghan, Labour politician
James "Jim" Callaghan (Leonard James Callaghan, Baron Callaghan of Cardiff, 1912-2005), Labour politician, Chancellor of the Exchequer 1964-1967, Home Secretary 1967-1970

Background imageReferendum Collection: Some of the anti-Common Market MPs at Westminster rehearse their song 'Nine

Some of the anti-Common Market MPs at Westminster rehearse their song "Nine
Some of the anti-Common Market MPs at Westminster rehearse their song " Nine? Nein! Nein!". They are Ioan Evans (Aberdare), William Molloy (Ealing North), Mike Noble (Rossendale)

Background imageReferendum Collection: The Welsh devolution referendum of 1997 was a pre-legislative referendum held in Wales

The Welsh devolution referendum of 1997 was a pre-legislative referendum held in Wales on Thursday 18th September 1997, over whether there was support for the creation of an assembly for Wales with

Background imageReferendum Collection: UK European Communities Membership Referendum, 1975, also known as the Common Market

UK European Communities Membership Referendum, 1975, also known as the Common Market referendum, was held on 5th June 1975

Background imageReferendum Collection: Scotland Referendum count, Kelvin Hall, Glasgow. 12th September 1997

Scotland Referendum count, Kelvin Hall, Glasgow. 12th September 1997

Background imageReferendum Collection: Labour politician and Secretary of State for Employment Michael Foot watched by Tony Benn

Labour politician and Secretary of State for Employment Michael Foot watched by Tony Benn, speaks during a debate on the Common Market

Background imageReferendum Collection: Labour politician Anthony Wedgewood Benn during a debate on the Common Market

Labour politician Anthony Wedgewood Benn during a debate on the Common Market. Staying inside the Common Market will be best for Britain, Europe and the world

Background imageReferendum Collection: Labour politician Michael Foot talks to Barbara Castle during a debate on the Common

Labour politician Michael Foot talks to Barbara Castle during a debate on the Common Market. Staying inside the Common Market will be best for Britain, Europe and the world

Background imageReferendum Collection: Labour politician Clive Jenkins speaks during a debate on the Common Market

Labour politician Clive Jenkins speaks during a debate on the Common Market. Staying inside the Common Market will be best for Britain, Europe and the world

Background imageReferendum Collection: Politicians cast their votes during a debate on the Common Market

Politicians cast their votes during a debate on the Common Market. Staying inside the Common Market will be best for Britain, Europe and the world

Background imageReferendum Collection: Prime mInister Harold Wilson speaking during a debate on the Common Market

Prime mInister Harold Wilson speaking during a debate on the Common Market. Staying inside the Common Market will be best for Britain, Europe and the world

Background imageReferendum Collection: Prime mInister Harold Wilson talks to Barbara Castle during a debate on the Common Market

Prime mInister Harold Wilson talks to Barbara Castle during a debate on the Common Market. Staying inside the Common Market will be best for Britain, Europe and the world

Background imageReferendum Collection: Prime mInister Harold Wilson talks to cabinet members during a debate on the Common

Prime mInister Harold Wilson talks to cabinet members during a debate on the Common Market. Staying inside the Common Market will be best for Britain, Europe and the world

Background imageReferendum Collection: Home Secretary Roy Jenkins speaks during a debate on the Common Market

Home Secretary Roy Jenkins speaks during a debate on the Common Market. Staying inside the Common Market will be best for Britain, Europe and the world

Background imageReferendum Collection: Labour politician Barbara Castle during a debate on the Common Market

Labour politician Barbara Castle during a debate on the Common Market. Staying inside the Common Market will be best for Britain, Europe and the world

Background imageReferendum Collection: Prime mInister Harold Wilson during a debate on the Common Market

Prime mInister Harold Wilson during a debate on the Common Market. Staying inside the Common Market will be best for Britain, Europe and the world

Background imageReferendum Collection: Politics: Common: Market: Harold Wilson P. M. Labour Conference

Politics: Common: Market: Harold Wilson P. M. Labour Conference
Politics: Common: Market: Harold Wilson P.M. Labour Conference. Debate on the Common Market. Staying inside the Common Market will be best for Britain, Europe and the world

Background imageReferendum Collection: Labour politician James Callaghan speaks during a debate on the Common Market

Labour politician James Callaghan speaks during a debate on the Common Market. Staying inside the Common Market will be best for Britain, Europe and the world

Background imageReferendum Collection: Michael Foot during a debate on the Common Market. Staying inside the Common Market will

Michael Foot during a debate on the Common Market. Staying inside the Common Market will be best for Britain, Europe and the world

Background imageReferendum Collection: Prime mInister Harold Wilson speaks during a debate on the Common Market

Prime mInister Harold Wilson speaks during a debate on the Common Market. Staying inside the Common Market will be best for Britain, Europe and the world

Background imageReferendum Collection: Prime mInister Harold Wilson during a debate on the Common Market

Prime mInister Harold Wilson during a debate on the Common Market. Staying inside the Common Market will be best for Britain, Europe and the world

Background imageReferendum Collection: Labour politician James Callaghan during a debate on the Common Market

Labour politician James Callaghan during a debate on the Common Market. Staying inside the Common Market will be best for Britain, Europe and the world

Background imageReferendum Collection: EyeUbiquitous_20121460

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England, London, Pro-Remain Brexit protesters outside the Palace of Westminster beside fence around College Green. media Village in background. BBC Simon McCoy on platform checking phone

Background imageReferendum Collection: The King Juan Carlos I voting in the referendum on the accession of Spain to OTAN in 1986

The King Juan Carlos I voting in the referendum on the accession of Spain to OTAN in 1986

Background imageReferendum Collection: Renewing The Lease, 1870. Artist: Joseph Swain

Renewing The Lease, 1870. Artist: Joseph Swain
Renewing The Lease, 1870. Madame La France, in the costume of the upper class matron, reads over some papers presented to her by Emperor Napoleon

Background imageReferendum Collection: Britain-Eu-London-Brexit-Umbrella

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A pedestrian shelters from the rain beneath a Union flag themed umbrella as they walk near the Big Ben clock face and the Elizabeth Tower at the Houses of Parliament in central London on June 25



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"Referendum: A Historic Decision Shaping Nations and the EU" In 1975, amidst a backdrop of political tension and uncertainty, France and Britain found themselves at a crossroads. The European Union (EU), then known as the Common Market, was undergoing significant changes that would shape its future. Brexit was not yet on the horizon, but discussions about Europe's role in Britain were already taking center stage. Home Secretary Roy Jenkins took to the podium during a passionate debate on the Common Market, highlighting both sides of the argument. Meanwhile, Beverly Pilkington, a young model from Essex donned a Pro Europe white tee shirt - her fashion statement echoing her stance. On Referendum Day itself, cartoonist Norman Morrow captured imagined scenes of couples navigating their way through breakfast debates and visits from canvassers before seeking solace in their local pub – The Red Lion. Finally returning home after an eventful day filled with discussions and contemplation. The Polling Station stood as a symbol of democracy on this historic day – June 5th, 1975. British Labour politician Ian Mikardo joined forces with James Callaghan to advocate for their vision within this crucial vote. Beverly Pilkington wasn't alone in her support for Europe; Siv Hederby, another young model hailing from Sweden proudly displayed her approval by wearing Pro Europe attire too. Even women dressed in traditional costumes ahead of the referendum expressed solidarity with their European neighbors in Solihull. Edinburgh's old Royal High School made its debut as a mini parliament where decisions impacting nations would be made. Guardian William Wallace (Gordon Walker) spearheaded his arguments against Major Block (Jim Dunsmorg), representing opposing viewpoints within this pivotal moment. As history unfolded that day through countless ballots cast across France and Britain alike, it became clear that referendums held immense power to shape nations' destinies within the EU framework.