Cameron’s Promises Can Win Us The ‘No’ Vote

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Cameron’s Promises Can Win Us The ‘No’ Vote
« on: July 07, 2015, 10:22:56 PM »
Cameron’s Promises Can Win Us The ‘No’ Vote



In January 2013 David Cameron set out his vision of the changes required in the European Union to secure a better deal for Britain and Europe.

The clear implication was that the changes he outlined were his minimum requirements if he were to recommend a ‘yes’ vote to the British people in the referendum to follow.


Since then Cameron has been back-sliding.


This was his agenda in January 2013.

1. The EU to become a flexible union of free member states, sharing treaties and institutions and together pursuing the ideal of co-operation, but dropping the aspiration of “an ever closer union”.

2. National parliaments to be recognised as the true source of real democratic legitimacy and accountability in the EU.  Action was required to ensure a bigger and more significant role for national parliaments.

3. The lack of democratic accountability and consent had to be addressed.  Decisions being taken further and further away from the people should stop.  Power needed to flow back to, and not away from, member states.

4.  Excessive regulation, such as the complex rules restricting labour markets, should be removed.  Europe’s smallest entrepreneurial companies should be exempted from more EU directives.

5.  The Eurozone required fundamental change to provide the right governance and structures to secure a successful currency for the long term.  Safeguards for countries outside the Eurozone, such as the UK, must ensure ready access to the single market.

6.  Time was required to test all the arguments thoroughly, in favour and against the changes negotiated, before being put to the country in an in/out referendum.


Winning support from the other 27 member states for all six objectives stretches optimism beyond credibility.   The prospect of fundamental treaty changes to implement them is out of sight – laughable, if it were not so serious.

We know already that Cameron will fail to achieve his objectives.

But British voters must never be allowed to forget them.

Their contrast with whatever he finally agrees with Brussels will help galvanise the ‘No’ vote to win the subsequent referendum.


Ashley Mote

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