Wednesday, September 08, 2010

Leaving the eu?

It seems that Tory MEP Dan Hannan and Ruth Lea are pressing for a referendum for the UK to leave the eu. I am a eurosceptic and think the UK would be better off with scaling back the eu into a free trade zone. As it stands the eu is a huge creeping bureaucracy which is swallowing huge amounts of tax and national sovereignty. Good for Dan and Ruth. More free trade with the Anglosphere. make the Commonwealth a a massive free trade zone.

The referendum Britain really wants is on leaving the EU

By Tim Montgomerie

In today's Daily Telegraph Dan Hannan MEP and Ruth Lea launch a campaign to win a referendum for the British people on whether the UK should remain a member of the European Union.

Noting that "the decision to hold a referendum on the voting system has surely killed off, once and for all, any notion that plebiscites are alien to the British constitution," the two campaigners write that their EU Referendum Campaign will bring together businesses, trade unions and members of all parties "who want a vote".

They say that a referendum is necessary because MPs are out of touch with public opinion. Only 1% of MPs support leaving the EU, they write, but "opinion polls consistently show that between 40 and 55 per cent of voters want to withdraw from the EU". Their basic point is right but I know of a good number of Tory MPs who are 'out-ers' but are in the closet, as it were.

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