Nimrod103 wrote:Margaret Thatcher was a strong supporter of the Single Market in its complete form to include services (AIUI not implemented in the EU) but finally baulked at the cost in terms of submitting to Maastricht and Lisbon. Which is of course why she was defenestrated by the Tory grandees.
Lisbon was such a long time after Thatcher was removed that it cannot be part of causality. The main thing in the tory party is normally winning elections (unsurprisingly). She was deposed because they thought she would lose and to be fair to Major he won in 1992.
It is true that Mrs Thatcher's popularity had waned, mainly perhaps because she had outlived all but one of her early ministers, so did not give the impression of leading a united Govt any more. The coup de grace was given by her longest surviving minister Geoffrey Howe (to quote Wikipedia):On 1 November 1990, Geoffrey Howe, the last remaining member of Thatcher's original 1979 cabinet, resigned from his position as Deputy Prime Minister over her refusal to agree to a timetable for Britain to join the European Exchange Rate Mechanism
Subsequent events showed that on this, like so much else, she had been right and the establishment, party grandees and civil servants were wrong, very wrong.
After the Delors and Bruges speeches, it is inconceivable that Mrs Thatcher would have signed Maastricht if she had still been PM. But her successor and all the other Tory grandees supported Maastricht and ERM with gusto, and that was the fateful mistake.