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EMS: Treasury off-the-record press briefing on EMS (“not the greatest thing since sliced bread”) [declassified 2008]

Document type: Declassified documents
Venue: HM Treasury
Source: FCO 30/3865
Editorial comments: Ken Couzens was the official most closely connected to the technical aspect of the EMS negotiations. Mary Hedley-Miller was another middle-ranking Treasury official. A write-up of the briefing in The Times the following day caused the government embarrassment.
Importance ranking: Major
Word count: 19pp
Themes: Monetary policy, Economic, monetary & political union, Foreign policy (Western Europe - non-EU)