THE EU DEBATE: 'Vote will help us all move forward'

Kidderminster Shuttle: Talking points: David Cameron gives his speech outlining plans for an ‘in or out’ European Union referendum. Talking points: David Cameron gives his speech outlining plans for an ‘in or out’ European Union referendum.

WYRE Forest’s MP says Prime Minister David Cameron’s call for a referendum has started a “real, complex debate” on the issues of Europe.

Mark Garnier backed Mr Cameron’s plan to renegotiate Britain’s relationship with the EU and then ask the country to vote on it in 2017 – if the Conservatives win the next general election outright.

Responding to Labour fears it would throw Britain into four years of uncertainty, Mr Garnier said the country’s membership had already been uncertain and the announcement cleared the way forward.

“This will give us the chance to get the facts out in front of everyone, rather than just scaremongering from both sides,” he said.

“There is a real, complex debate to be had that we cannot have in a few weeks.”

Mr Garnier – a member of the “fresh start project”, which looks at ways the UK’s EU relationship could be redefined – said he did not yet know how he would vote in the referendum.

“In Wyre Forest many people have jobs because we are EU members – anyone who works here is better off in the single market,” he said.

“We do worry, however, about things like the European arrest warrant.”

Mr Cameron’s announcement was also praised by West Midlands Conservative MEP, Anthea McIntyre.

Labour MEP Michael Cashman, who opposes an in/out referendum, said: “We do not govern by referendum. We elect MPs to scrutinise the treaties.

“Also, if we have a referendum, will the Euro-phobes go away? No. It will be ‘not enough voted’, ‘we didn’t have a long enough debate’.”

We Want a Referendum Party MEP Nikki Sinclaire said 2017 was too far away.

“I fear [Mr Cameron’s] speech was all smoke and mirrors,” she said. “What if he does not get his renegotiations? Why do we need to wait this long?

“We want a Royal Commission to get the figures, then we can debate them and have a referendum in summer, 2014.”

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10:42am Fri 1 Feb 13

Gobby Robby says...

"Mr Garnier said the country’s membership had already been uncertain" - no it hadn't.

"Mr Garnier – a member of the “fresh start project”" - nutters.

" (Garnier) said he did not yet know how he would vote in the referendum" - well, I better tell him then - which ever way Cameron tells him to vote. Which will probably be to stay in while mumbling quietly, so no one can hear him, the tiny bit of renegotiation he's managed & pretending it's a big deal.
"We do worry, however, about things like the European arrest warrant" - the subject's that's on everyone's lips. Sort that out & everything'll be ok".

Thanks Mark
...clap...clap...woo
f...clap
"Mr Garnier said the country’s membership had already been uncertain" - no it hadn't. "Mr Garnier – a member of the “fresh start project”" - nutters. " (Garnier) said he did not yet know how he would vote in the referendum" - well, I better tell him then - which ever way Cameron tells him to vote. Which will probably be to stay in while mumbling quietly, so no one can hear him, the tiny bit of renegotiation he's managed & pretending it's a big deal. "We do worry, however, about things like the European arrest warrant" - the subject's that's on everyone's lips. Sort that out & everything'll be ok". Thanks Mark ...clap...clap...woo f...clap Gobby Robby
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3:51pm Fri 1 Feb 13

coolnesscoolness says...

We must leave the EU right now

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6:17pm Fri 1 Feb 13

paulinejanet says...

i agree with the above we must do something
i agree with the above we must do something paulinejanet
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10:13pm Fri 1 Feb 13

Gobby Robby says...

Help! The Bulgarians are coming....hide!
Help! The Bulgarians are coming....hide! Gobby Robby
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10:38am Mon 4 Feb 13

FlipC - The Mad Ranter says...

"In Wyre Forest many people have jobs because we are EU members – anyone who works here is better off in the single market,” he said"

Note the bait and switch - the "EU" and the "single market". We used to be part of the single market (it's what the country voted to join) before it was swallowed whole by the "EU"
"In Wyre Forest many people have jobs because we are EU members – anyone who works here is better off in the single market,” he said" Note the bait and switch - the "EU" and the "single market". We used to be part of the single market (it's what the country voted to join) before it was swallowed whole by the "EU" FlipC - The Mad Ranter
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