Margaret Thatcher in September 1988:
Working more closely together does not require power to be centralized in Brussels or decisions to be taken by an appointed bureaucracy. Indeed, it is ironic that just when those countries, such as the Soviet Union, which have tried to run everything from the center, are learning that success depends on dispersing power and decisions away from the center, there are some in the [European] Community who seem to want to move in the opposite direction.
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 …
Let us have a Europe which looks outward, not inward, and which preserves that Atlantic community — that Europe on both sides of the Atlantic — which is our noblest inheritance.
The Europe on which Thatcher insisted — Europe on both sides of the Atlantic — is far more likely to come into being today than it was just 24 hours ago. Republicans should seize the moment, calling for British membership in the North American Free Trade Agreement.