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|Confident Blair backs Euro
- 'We can win support of British people,' agrees Brown
TONY BLAIR signalled his growing confidence of easily winning the general election by turning his attention to a subject - Europe - that many had seen as his weak spot.
"It is time we showed more confidence as a nation in arguing the case for a strong Britain in a strong Europe," Blair said.
Pro-Europeans have been dismayed in the past at Blair's reticence to argue strongly for the Euro but the Prime Minister, sensing opposition Tory disarray, now appears to have come out of the closet.
Of almost equal significance are the comments of Chancellor Gordon Brown who is often portrayed as more Euro-sceptic that his boss. "We could win the support of the British people," Brown said of a referendum on the Euro, provided his famous five economic tests were met.
The two key figures in the Labour Party have long been worried that outright support for anything European could be used by an increasingly xenophobic media as a stick with which to beat them. But there are signs that a behind-closed-doors deal has been struck on the issue with media mogul Rupert Murdoch in which The Times - owned by Murdoch - will soften its opposition to the Euro.
Happily for Blair and Brown, the Euro itself has recovered from recent slippage against the US Dollar to gain some ground this week.