The majority of readers believe Mr Brown should be thanked for standing up to former Labour Prime Minister Tony Blair by opposing Britain joining the EU single currency. The survey found 56 percent of readers think the former chancellor deserves credit for his stance on the euro – which is now used by 19 of the 27 EU member states. Senior figures including Mr Blair were reportedly keen to join the euro after Labour secured a landslide election victory in 1997 and Mr Brown has since revealed he was prepared to resign as chancellor if it happened.
The poll conducted between 9.13am on Saturday April 4 and 9.00am on Sunday April 5 asked 5,540 people “Should Gordon Brown be thanked for keeping the UK out of the euro?”.
A huge 56 percent (3,083) of people thought Mr Brown should be thanked and voted yes.
Meanwhile 30 percent (1,629) were not sure who deserved credit for the decision and voted don’t know.
While 14 percent (828) thought Mr Brown should not be thanked at all and voted no.
A number of readers let their feelings known in the Express.co.uk comments section.
Several readers insisted this was one of the few decisions Mr Brown got right during his time in Government.
One user said: “YES! And I am not really a supporter of Brown for many other poor decisions he made, but keeping us out of the EZ was the RIGHT ONE.”
A second reader wrote: “Browns stand against joining the euro was to his credit… the establishment wanted us to give up our pound.”
A third said: “This was the only decent thing Brown did all the time he was in Parliament.”
A forth wrote: “The only thing he ever got right was keeping us out of the Euro.”
A fifth said: “We can thank him for keeping us out of the Euro but it was more a mistake on his part than a design.
“We stayed out because we couldn;t meet the criteria he set for us to join.”
In 2010 Mr Brown lifted the lid on his time in Government and revealed he was ready quit if he was unable to convince the Labour frontbench against joining the euro.
In his book, Beyond the Crash, looking at the financial crisis of 2008, Mr Brown said he initially stood alone in opposition.
He wrote: “When I first expressed my doubts about Britain’s entry, I stood virtually alone in the Cabinet.
“Indeed, I was ready to resign as Chancellor if I was unable to persuade my colleagues of the grave risks of taking us immediately into euro membership.
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“But having considered all the arguments, we concluded unanimously that although the euro was right in principle, it could not work for Britain at that time.”
The euro has once again come under the spotlight in recent weeks following the global coronavirus crisis.
Data compiled by IHS Markit indicates the Eurozone economy is likely to shrink by as much a ten percent and could worsen as the pandemic escalates.
As markets closed on Friday, Germany which is the largest economy in the EU, saw the German Dax index contract by 0.47 percent, meanwhile the French Cac fell by 1.57 percent.
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