The then Prime Minister was slammed over comments he made about Danish proposals on the controversial and fiercely opposed treaty in October 1992.
The treaty – that established what we now know as the European Union – took almost a year to be ratified as Sir John battled with Labour and Conservative eurosceptics to push it through.
Now, on the 25th anniversary of ratification, a statement accusing the former Tory leader of “misleading the country” has re-emerged.
It refers to a speech he made at Lancaster House that was intended to pave the way for a Commons vote on a resumption of ratification.
The Prime Minister is misleading the country
In it, he claimed that the EC – the precursor to the EU – was “getting back on the path” and that Danish demands to water down the treaty would not present a problem.
He added that the Danes would have to “swallow” their proposed amendments.
However, a Foreign Office note delivered to Sir John a week before the speech was delivered claimed the Danish position was “non-negotiable” and “unlikely to be acceptable as it stands to member states”.
As this news came to light, Jack Cunningham, Labour’s foreign affairs spokesman at the time, said: “The Prime Minister is misleading the country and Parliament in his statements on the Danish document.