Chancellor must agree to support Britain's entry into the Euro, and Blair's ambition to become the first President of an extended EC.
It may not be enough to cost Labour the election, but it could be one of the biggest factors in reducing its majority as Euro-sceptical
voters return to the Tory fold and disillusioned Labour voters refuse to turn out or turn instead to the Liberal Democrats in protest.
However, he does make clear his determination that EU institutions must change, which gives his comments a more Euro-sceptical
tone than before.
For once a call from the European Union that no-one, not even the most Euro-sceptical
could take exception to.
The imperious and outspoken Euro-sceptical
Mrs Thatcher had become increasingly strident in her attacks on Europe and what she saw as its threat to British sovereignty.
In the meantime Mr Hague has set his party on a Euro-sceptical
course that the majority of his MPs agree with.