A campaigner attends an anti-EU event ahead of the Brexit referendum
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Forty-one years ago, in Great Britain's last referendum on Europe, Margaret Thatcher hit the campaign trail clad in a woolly jumper emblazoned with a Union flag.But the 1975 poll, which saw Britain embrace membership of what was then the Common Market, has plenty in common with the current bitter and closely fought debate.It also carries lessons for politicians ahead of the June 23 vote on whether to stay in or leave the European Union ... not least that the referendum may not resolve the issue for long.Wilson secured 67 percent support for staying in the European Economic Community, which Britain had joined two years earlier – a result Cameron would be very happy with.The EEC had six founding members and membership had risen to nine by 1975 . The present-day EU has grown to 28 members, with others knocking on its door.Over 3 million people born in other EU countries are now thought to live in Britain and immigration is one of the most controversial issues in the current referendum.
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