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25/11/02
Blair Plans Euro Vote for Autumn 2003
- Kennedy fears for his place on the podium in currency referendum

BRITAIN'S referendum on whether to join the euro currency is to take place this time next year, according to sources close to Prime Minister Tony Blair.

Pro-euro lobby groups such as Britain in Europe and the European Movement have been told by officials in Blair's office to start intensifying their activities with a view to the landmark poll in autumn 2003.

Though Blair has seemingly decided on a date for the referendum, the campaign for a 'yes' vote is far less settled. Behind the scenes rows between Blair and Chancellor Gordon Brown, who is less enthusiastic over euro entry, appear to have been ironed out, but at the expense of alienating leading non-government europhiles.

Liberal Democrat leader Charles Kennedy is keen to help front the campaign but fears being sidelined. "It would be counter-productive if Tony Blair and the Chancellor decided to go it alone as a double act," said a Kennedy aide.




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