According to a ConservativeHome survey, 65% of Conservative activists would NEVER vote for Britain to join the euro. I suppose the question that begs is who the 35% are who think that at some point in the future it is a possibility.
Never is word which politicians use very rarely. Most delight in equivocating and keeping their options open. But in my view, if you give up control of your currency, you give up your ability to govern. In the end you give up your ability to tax and spend because those decisions are heavily infleunced by a central bank, far remote from your own economy. And isn't taxing and spending what government is all about? You say what you're going to do and how you are going to pay for it. If you give up your ability to tax and spend you give up your right to govern. It doesn't happen overnight, but sure as night follows day, it happens in the end. Ireland is a country which is about to realise that.
The current economic crisis adds further weight to the argument that Britain should not even consider joining the euro. Whatever one thinks of what Gordon Brown has done, there is little doubt that his hands would have been tied to a considerable extent had Britain been in the euro.
So I stick to what I said when I was asked this question as a candidate. I would never, ever, vote for Britain to join the euro.