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Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher scoffed at the idea of a "United States of Europe" and said Britain and other European countries should maintain their separate identities. In a British Broadcasting Corp. interview, Thatcher said the 12 countries of the European Communities must work together in order to trade more efficiently "but not dissolve our infinite variety, our own nationality, our own identity." One specific target of the prime minister was a statement earlier this month by the president of the Common Market Commission, Jacques Delors, that in 10 years, 80% of European social and economic decisions will be made by the European Communities and not by national parliaments.

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