Quotes

231 Quotes filtered by margaret thatcher

I believe we should continue to have a partnership of national states each retaining the right to protect its vital interests, but developing more effectively than at present the habit of working together.

Margaret Thatcher 1977

Category: Europe & Britain

Tags: Europe & Britain, Margaret Thatcher, Policy

Naturally, it is with some temerity that the pupil speaks before the master, because you know more about the Common Market than anybody.

Margaret Thatcher 1975

To Edward Heath at a Keep Britain in Europe meeting, 1975. Mr Heath ignored her.

Category: Edward Heath (quotes about)

Tags: Edward Heath (quotes about), Margaret Thatcher, Quotes About...

It is the people's turn to speak. It is their powers of which we are the custodians.

Margaret Thatcher 17/07/1993

Category: Europe - Maastricht Treaty

Tags: Europe - Maastricht Treaty, Margaret Thatcher, Policy

I personally could never have signed this Treaty.

Margaret Thatcher 12/07/1993

Category: Europe - Maastricht Treaty

Tags: Europe - Maastricht Treaty, Margaret Thatcher, Policy

The lesson of this century is that Europe will only be peaceful if the Americans are on this continent.

Margaret Thatcher 18/04/1993

Category: Europe & America

Tags: America, Europe & America, Margaret Thatcher

I pay tribute to John Major's achievement in persuading the other 11 Community heads of government that they could move ahead to the social chapter but not within the Treaty and without Britain's participation. It sets a vital precedent, for an enlarged Community can only function if we build in flexibility of that kind. John Major deserves high praise for ensuring at Maastricht that we would not have either a single currency or the absurd provisions of the social chapter forced upon us: our industry, workforce and national prosperity will benefit as a result.

Margaret Thatcher 15/05/1992

Category: Europe - Maastricht Treaty

Tags: Europe - Maastricht Treaty, Margaret Thatcher, Policy

If I were a German today, I would be proud, proud but also worried. I would be proud of the magnificent achievement of rebuilding my country, entrenching democracy and assuming the undoubtedly preponderant position in Europe. But a united Germany can't and won't subordinate its national interests in economic or in foreign policy to those of the Community indefinitely. Germany's new pre-eminence is a fact - and its power is a problem - as much for Germans as for the rest of Europe.

Margaret Thatcher 15/05/1992

Category: Germany

Tags: Countries, Germany, Margaret Thatcher

In the same period that the Americans have lived under one constitution our French friends notched up five. A Punch cartoon has a 19th century Englishman asking a librarian for a copy of the French constitution, only to be told: 'I am sorry Sir, we do not stock periodicals.'

Margaret Thatcher 08/03/1991

Speech to American Conservatives Institute

Category: France

Tags: Countries, France, Margaret Thatcher

I have a habit of comparing the phraseology of communiques . . . noting a certain similarity of words, a certain similarity of optimism . . . and a certain similarity in the lack of practical results during the ensuring years.

Margaret Thatcher

Category: Diplomacy

Tags: Diplomacy, Margaret Thatcher, Policy

A democratic Europe of nation states could be a force for liberty, enterprise and open trade. But, if creating a United States of Europe overrides these goals, the new Europe will be one of subsidy and protection

Margaret Thatcher 08/03/1991

Speech to the American Conservatives Institute

Category: European Federalism

Tags: European Federalism, Margaret Thatcher, Policy

I was turned out because I said to Europe no, no, no. That no, no , no has now turned into yes, yes. Two yes's not three because he got the Social Chapter out and he's reserved his position on the single currency.

Margaret Thatcher 1994

Category: Europe & Britain, Europe - Maastricht Treaty

Tags: Europe & Britain, Europe - Maastricht Treaty, Margaret Thatcher, Policy

Yes, the Commission wants 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 differ. 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!

Margaret Thatcher 30/10/1990

Rome Summit statement in the House of Commons

Category: Europe & Britain

Tags: Europe & Britain, Margaret Thatcher, Policy

In my day that would have required the occasional use of the handbag. Now it will be a cricket bat. But that's a good thing because it will be harder.

Margaret Thatcher 1993

On John Major's Maastricht negotiations

Category: Europe - Maastricht Treaty

Tags: Europe - Maastricht Treaty, Margaret Thatcher, Policy

It took us a long time to get rid of the effects of the French Revolution 200 years ago. We don't want another one.

Margaret Thatcher 30/06/1989

On the 200th anniversary of the French revolution

Category: France

Tags: Countries, France, Margaret Thatcher

It had the effect of cementing the Anglo-American alliance. What's the good of having bases if when you want to use them you're not allowed to by the home country. It made America realise that Britain was her real and true friend, when they were hard up against it and wanted something, and that no one else in Europe was. They're a weak lot, some of them in Europe you know. Weak. Feeble.

Margaret Thatcher 1993

Category: Europe & America, Special Relationship (UK/USA)

Tags: America, Europe & America, Margaret Thatcher, Special Relationship (UK/USA)

I must be absolutely clear about this. Britain cannot accept the present situation on the budget. It is demonstrably unjust. It is politically indefensible. I cannot play Sister Bountiful to the Community while my own electorate are being asked to forego improvements in the fields of health, education, welfare and the rest

Margaret Thatcher

Category: Europe & Britain

Tags: Europe & Britain, Margaret Thatcher, Policy

If there is one instance in which a foreign policy I pursued met with unambiguous failure, it was my policy on German reunification.

Margaret Thatcher 1993

Category: Germany

Tags: Countries, Germany, Margaret Thatcher

We have not successfully rolled back the frontiers of the State in Britain, only to see them re-imposed at a European level, with a European Super-State exercising a new dominance from Brussels.

Margaret Thatcher 20/09/1988

Speech to the College of Europe, Bruges

Category: Europe & Britain, Eurosceptic

Tags: Europe & Britain, Eurosceptic, Margaret Thatcher, Policy

We weren't getting a fair deal on the budget and I wasn't going to have it. There's a great strand of equity and fairness in the British people - this is our characteristic. There's not a strand of equity and fairness in Europe - they're out to get as much as they can. That's one of those enormous differences. So I tackled it on that basis.

Margaret Thatcher 1993

Category: Europe & Britain

Tags: Europe & Britain, Margaret Thatcher, Policy

When will Labour learn that you cannot build Jerusalem in Brussels.

Margaret Thatcher 1992

Category: Europe & Britain

Tags: Europe & Britain, Margaret Thatcher, Policy

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No one in this House is going to be surprised that Conservatives and Liberal Democrats don't always agree about Europe, but let me reassure him he shouldn't believe everything he reads in the papers. It's not that bad, it's not like we're brothers or anything!

David Cameron

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