The EUphiles within the Tory party must be getting a little desperate if they are thinking of allowing an in or out referendum on the EU.
THE Conservatives WILL promise an in/out EU referendum at the next general election, a Tory MP claimed today. Mark Reckless said that David Cameron’s party would make a clear manifesto commitment in 2015 to holding a vote on UK membership.
There has recently been growing pressure for political leaders to seize the opportunity presented by the Eurozone crisis and possible break-up of the single currency for Britain to re-examine its relationship with the continent.
Previous speculation suggested the Tories could go into the 2015 general election offering a vote on a renegotiation of powers from Brussels, but not on staying in or getting out entirely.
However, Mr Reckless stated that an in/out vote is exactly what the Conservatives would be offering.
“I believe my party will go into the next election committed to an in/out referendum on Europe,” he said.
Hands up all here who believe such a referendum will be held in a responsible, fair and unbiased way by media and politicians? Anyone?
A few years ago I was of the belief that a referendum to correct the con that was the original referendum to join the EEC. Had we known then what we know now I doubt we’d be in the EU now, but that’s water under the bridge, we know Heath lied and Wilson misled, the EEC was always about political power, not a trade cartel.
As it is today you can more or less predict that the EU will pull all the stops out to prevent the UK one of its net payers leaving and a referendum is just the key to stop the “Out” movement in its tracks for a generation at least. In the past in other countries the EU has bought air time, even media companies to spread its message and has deliberately lied about what would happen if the votes did not go their way. They wouldn’t even have to try too hard with the likes of the BBC anyway plus they have a lot of bought politicians on their books too, yes we’re looking at you Cleggy boy and you Ken Clarke.
Frankly the “Out” campaign would struggle to get its message over it would be financially overwhelmed by the EU’s cash and there’s also the sneaking feeling that if we did vote to leave we’d be asked again (and again) to make sure.
What we need is a party to simply state on its manifesto that it will take us out and have the politicians with balls to do it.
That’s why I expect at the next general election that all we’ll be offered is a vote winning con.
The EU will never allow us to vote to leave.