Euro­pEan union

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Election 2015 -

The ques­tion of whether Bri­tain should seek in­de­pen­dence from Europe dom­i­nated a por­tion of the de­bate.

Gerald O’Brien, can­di­date for Ukip, which has a clear an­tiEurope stance, branded the union “anti-demo­cratic.”

He said: “We are los­ing con­trol of our coun­try. We have un­elected peo­ple in Brussels that tell us what rules to make 70 or 80% of the time. It is a threat to the Bri­tish au­ton­omy and Bri­tish in­de­pen­dence.”

Con­ser­va­tive Damian Green even quoted Labour leader Ed Miliband say­ing “hell yes” the EU needs re­form.

He promised vot­ers would get a ref­er­en­dum if the Con­ser­va­tives win but that he would be cam­paign­ing for us to stay in Europe.

In agree­ment, Mandy Rossi said that while it has “been good to us” the Green party does be­lieve there should be a ref­er­en­dum on EU membership.

She said: “It’s not per­fect, I’ll agree with that, which is why it def­i­nitely does need re­form.”

Labour can­di­date Bren­dan Chilton said Ash­ford re­lies heav­ily on Bri­tain’s membership of the EU and to leave would be “lu­di­crous”.

He said: “I think at some point we are go­ing to need to have a ref­er­en­dum but not right now, we need to fo­cus on jobs, and growth and the econ­omy.”

Lib­eral Demo­crat can­di­date Deb­bie Enever said if there was a ref­er­en­dum she would be cam­paign­ing for Bri­tain to re­main in the EU

She said: “We’re def­i­nitely bet­ter off in.

“With­draw­ing would be dis­as­trous for our econ­omy, our jobs de­pend on it.”

Pic­ture: Gary Browne FM3772394

Hus­tings at St Mary’s church, Ash­ford

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