19 June 1998
Blair hits back at Tories
over EU presidency

PRIME Minister Tony Blair hit back at Tories who attacked his handling of the European Union (EU) presidency.

He said Britain had come a long way in the past year in its relations with the rest of the EU.

“The days of the beef war, 14 against one, Government position ravaged by warring factions in the governing party, are over,” he said.

He won unexpectedly warm applause on his first visit to the European Parliament in Strasbourg after he spoke of his enthusiasm for the “European ideal”.