Apparently three out of four MP’s believe that an in out poll on the EU is inevitable, despite a marked lack of enthusiasm for one amongst three out of four MP’s no doubt. Yet I still get the feeling that as ever our MP’d haven’t a clue as to what they are on about, nor what those who could give us such a poll are thinking. lets not forget that these are the people who are supposed to be running the country (usual EU caveats apply here)
NEARLY three out of four MPs believe that a referendum on Britain’s membership of the European Union is inevitable, an opinion poll found yesterday.
Seventy per cent of MPs from all parties in the Commons think the poll will be held at some point.
And an overwhelming majority (57 per cent) believe a historic vote on the UK’s ties with Brussels will take place in the Parliamentary term after the next election due in 2015.
The snapshot of opinion at Westminster, carried out by polling firm ComRes, last night fuelled hopes that Britons will finally get a say on the country’s European destiny.
You see, it’s just speculation, little teasers from the powers that be hinting that just maybe we’ll get some sort of vote on the EU. Though many of us here suspect that the question we’ll be offered will not be a case of in or out, but more power versus hold the line here. Nor may the result be the one we’d expect, after all the anti-EU camp is fairly disparate and not at all a united front, whereas the pro-EU camp merely have to hold their ground as well as accept the largesse from the evil empire to fund their propaganda.
It might be that the various political parties might just see that offering a vote on the EU as a possible vote winner for a general election campaign. However it’s best to bear in mind that they will never ever offer a vote or even a choice of wording in any manner that they expect to lose, they will only ever offer us a vote on their terms, not ours, not now, not ever. The result for them will be far too important for them to ever leave it to chance.
Richard North at EU Referendum has gone into a lot more detail on the potential choices and actions of the anti-EU parties, but essentially, the anti-EU camp are first going to have to hope we’re given a vote, check as to what is actually being voted on, will have to see what the wording of the vote will be and then most importantly put up some form of united front rather than arguing amongst themselves. This might have to mean the likes of UKIP canvassing alongside the likes of the BNP, distasteful but very necessary. Twenty or so minor parties doing their own thing will not have the impact of a united front.
Nor will any vote be as easy a prospect of a determined government hell bent on taking us out anyway. We don’t need a vote, we just need a political party popular enough and with the balls to do it.
Don’t expect this to be easy.