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Cameron and the Referendum

An extraordinary story has made the rounds on the continent, and has finally reached our shores:

The Prime Minister has warned that Britain could quit the EU if a veteran federalist is appointed to Europe’s top job, according to Der Spiegel magazine

This story, which relates to the meeting of the EU heads of state on Tuesday evening, after the EU Parliament elections, alleges that Cameron, during the horse-trading about who ought to be taking over from Mr Barroso told Madame Merkel that he would be forced into an early In/Out referendum if Mr Juncker got that job, and that he couldn’t guarantee the UK staying in the EU if that happened.
The reaction of the German public was overwhelming: let the UK go; kick them out; the UK is not needed, they are only ever whining and moaning; they never belonged to ‘us’ in the EU.
die welt photoThis attitude reached from such conservative papers as:-

Frankfurter Allgemeine

Die Welt

Die Zeit”:

and the more left-liberal SPIEGEL online

So what does this mean for us?

It means that we now can ask Cameron if he is going to make good on that threat: will he give us the referendum when Mr Juncker replaces Mr Barroso?

He obviously knows that he is not bound to that elusive date sometime in 2017 – if he gets elected and if he gets results from his negotiations. His threat to Madame Merkel only works if he can deliver that referendum now.

This means that we can now demand that he makes good on his word.

We know from past experience that he will not do that, which gives us very welcome arguments against him in the campaign for next year’s elections:

  • We know and he knows that these fabled re-negotiations will bring no results – and now we know and he knows that he can give us a referendum now.
  • We also know that his utterances on the world stage are nothing but hot air because they are only meant as PR for us in this country. He simply doesn’t ‘get it’ that others hear him as well, and that his PR sentences meant for us are actually damaging to us on that world stage.

If Cameron thinks he can still achieve his goal of keeping us in the EU after that Juncker affair, then I suggest he hasn’t grasped the fact that he has now undermined his own position at that re-negotiation table.

Rejoice – it’s all good for us!

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Vivian is a UKIP patron, Vice Chair of UKIP Cardiff and Editor in Chief of UKIP Daily

4 Comments on Cameron and the Referendum

  1. Ken Whittaker // June 2, 2014 at 10:54 pm //

    We will lose a referendum unless we adopt and broadcast a workable exit strategy. I would suggest retaining membership of the single market for a period of (say) 4 years during which time we can negotiate a separate trade treaty with the EU. This should assuage the fears of big business which would otherwise campaign vigorously to remain in the EU and would also defeat any and all economic arguments thrown at the outers. Yes, we would have to live with the 4 freedoms for a little longer, but the alternative is living with them, and political union, for a whole generation having lost the referendum.

  2. David Allen // June 2, 2014 at 3:38 pm //

    Our gross contribution for 2014 is in the region of 20 billion Euros. The loss of such a significant chunk of income would collapse the EU bureaucracy, so why aren’t they bothered? Simple. Under the Conservatives or Labour there will be no referendum and the EU club know that only too well.
    In the end it will all be about the money.

  3. Please bear with this American who views UK politics with amusement, when it’s not frightening the bejeesus out of me.

    Even I could smell a bluff, why on earth did Cameron think anyone would believe it? It does look as though he’s as dense as he believes all of you are.

    Oh, and do ignore the Germans. As soon as Hollande trips up again – in about five minutes – they’ll forget all about it.

  4. Merkel has called Cameron’s bluff. His idea of re-negotiation and aim to create an EU in a British image will not wash with the other EU countries. He could only bring the referendum forward to say 2016 and that would still require a conservative majority at the next general election. It is highly unlikely that Cameron could get the necessary legislation through Parliament this term. The Lab/Lib and pro EU conservatives would vote against it. A period of Juncker at the helm would be brilliant as he would be a further recruiting sergeant for EU “out” voters.

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