GIVE US A VOTE ON EU
CALLS this week grew louder for a referendum on Britain’s continued membership of the creaking European Union.
Senior Tory Mark Pritchard, secretary of the influential 1922 Committee of backbench MPs, said the EU had “enslaved” our country.
His comments reflect the views of 120 Tory MPs — unhappy that the Coalition’s European policy is being so heavily influenced by the fanatically pro-EU Liberal Democrat minor partners.
Mr Pritchard wrote this week: “For many Britons the EU has already become a kind of occupying force — setting unfamiliar rules, demanding levies, curbing freedoms, subverting our culture and imposing alien taxes.
“In less than four decades, and without a single shot being fired, Britain has become enslaved to Europe — servitude that intrudes and impinges on millions of British lives every day.
“Brussels has become a burdensome yoke, disfiguring Britain’s independence and diluting her sovereignty.”
Mr Pritchard, MP for The Wrekin, added: “ The Coalition should agree to a referendum on Europe asking whether Britain should be part of a political union or of the trade-only relationship we thought we had signed up to.
Prime Minister David Cameron recently ruled out a referendum on the EU asking whether Britain should opt in or out.
Mr Pritchard believes his “stepping stone” approach — moving Britain to a trade-only relationship with the EU — will provide a compromise.
Today, your Midweek Sport BACKS calls for a public vote.
Britain last voted on membership of what was then the EEC in 1975.
Since then, even though all other member nations have held referendums on major changes to the EU, the people of Britain have NEVER been allowed a vote.
Calls for a referendum on Britain’s continued relationship with the EU have met with howls of outrage from the Liberal Democrats.
Chief Secretary to the Treasury, LibDem Danny Alexander, told the party’s annual conference in Birmingham: “We will never let the anti-Europeans or nationalists frustrate our national interest. They are enemies of growth.”
Scottish Secretary Michael Moore went further, appearing to suggest that anti-EU dissent should be silenced by David Cameron.
Mr Moore told a fringe meeting of the LibDem conference that further integration between eurozone members was becoming “inevitable” and there was a danger the UK could be excluded if “internal cliques” emerged.
He said: “We need to minimise the noises off so nobody sees this as an opportunity to widen the scope of the debate, and look at this as a way of getting in there to get a debate going over powers that might come back to the UK.
A spokesman for The People’s Pledge, a cross-party campaign supporting a new vote on Britain’s EU membership, told Midweek Sport: “The EU is now planning to give itself new wide-ranging powers in the form of yet another treaty in relation to the crisis in the eurozone.
“The choice concerning our relationship with the EU is now clear: Either we accept being primarily and increasingly
governed from Brussels or we decide to abandon membership and negotiate a new relationship with the EU based on trade and, where this makes sense, voluntary co-operation.”
The People’s Pledge website allows voters to sign up and demand a referendum on Britain’s continued relationship with the EU — and supports MPs who back a vote.
By logging onto the site you can also see how YOUR MP votes on the issue of Europe.
GIVE US A VOTE NOW!
MPs: Mark Pritchard ( left)
and Danny Alexander