Gillan: Euro results prove it's time for referendum

Cheryl Gillan

Cheryl Gillan

First published in News Bucks Free Press: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

A CONSERVATIVE MP said the results of the European Parliament elections is proof Britain needs a referendum on membership of the EU.

Four of the ten seats in the South East were won by UKIP, in a move widely regarded as being a protest vote against the three main political parties.

Elsewhere in Europe the anti-immigrant Danish People's Party and France's far right Front National both had levels of success similar to those enjoyed by UKIP, while Greece elected at least three members of the neo Nazi Golden Dawn party to the European Parliament.

Chesham and Amersham MP Cheryl Gillan said the results are proof people are becoming increasingly disillusioned with the European Parliament and want the institution to be reformed.

Prime Minister David Cameron made a referendum over EU membership a key election pledge ahead of the 2010 General Election and Mrs Gillan said holding the vote was essential.

She said: "We need to deliver real change on Europe, because people don’t think it is working for our country, Britain. There has to be reform and the results throughout the continent of Europe demonstrate that.

"The people of Britain have to have their say with an in/out referendum, which only the Conservatives can deliver.

"As Conservatives, we need to maintain our long term economic plan. We have to be responsive to people’s needs, as well as acting responsibly – delivering more on the economy, on jobs, on welfare and immigration, and for our schools."

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9:24am Wed 28 May 14

Terry_Marlow says...

To quote from the article "Prime Minister David Cameron made a referendum over EU membership a key election pledge ahead of the 2010 General Election" - Yes he did but did we get one? Unfortunately not - hence the UKIP vote! You cannot expect to be believed if you fail to deliver what you promised. The carrot is being held aloft again but there are proviso's such as "If I am leader of the Conservative party". Let's face it - the "plebs (AKA The Electorate)" are totally disenchanted with the self-serving, cheating, amoral ways of the political parties. The UKIP vote was less about immigration & more a statement of the feeling against main stream politicians.
To quote from the article "Prime Minister David Cameron made a referendum over EU membership a key election pledge ahead of the 2010 General Election" - Yes he did but did we get one? Unfortunately not - hence the UKIP vote! You cannot expect to be believed if you fail to deliver what you promised. The carrot is being held aloft again but there are proviso's such as "If I am leader of the Conservative party". Let's face it - the "plebs (AKA The Electorate)" are totally disenchanted with the self-serving, cheating, amoral ways of the political parties. The UKIP vote was less about immigration & more a statement of the feeling against main stream politicians. Terry_Marlow
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9:32am Wed 28 May 14

Darren Hayday says...

Terry_Marlow wrote:
To quote from the article "Prime Minister David Cameron made a referendum over EU membership a key election pledge ahead of the 2010 General Election" - Yes he did but did we get one? Unfortunately not - hence the UKIP vote! You cannot expect to be believed if you fail to deliver what you promised. The carrot is being held aloft again but there are proviso's such as "If I am leader of the Conservative party". Let's face it - the "plebs (AKA The Electorate)" are totally disenchanted with the self-serving, cheating, amoral ways of the political parties. The UKIP vote was less about immigration & more a statement of the feeling against main stream politicians.
lol - hitting the nail on the head Terry! I couldn’t have put it better myself.
[quote][p][bold]Terry_Marlow[/bold] wrote: To quote from the article "Prime Minister David Cameron made a referendum over EU membership a key election pledge ahead of the 2010 General Election" - Yes he did but did we get one? Unfortunately not - hence the UKIP vote! You cannot expect to be believed if you fail to deliver what you promised. The carrot is being held aloft again but there are proviso's such as "If I am leader of the Conservative party". Let's face it - the "plebs (AKA The Electorate)" are totally disenchanted with the self-serving, cheating, amoral ways of the political parties. The UKIP vote was less about immigration & more a statement of the feeling against main stream politicians.[/p][/quote]lol - hitting the nail on the head Terry! I couldn’t have put it better myself. Darren Hayday
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9:55am Wed 28 May 14

CatherineAB says...

A referendum is only as good as the information we are given prior to it! Last time we were led to believe we were deciding whether to join a "Common Market" or not. We were not privy to the Treaty of Rome, which was all about forming a Federal Europe. Honesty and transparency, unfamiliar concepts to those who are supposed to REPRESENT us, but who actually try to tell us what we want and need, would be appreciated.
A referendum is only as good as the information we are given prior to it! Last time we were led to believe we were deciding whether to join a "Common Market" or not. We were not privy to the Treaty of Rome, which was all about forming a Federal Europe. Honesty and transparency, unfamiliar concepts to those who are supposed to REPRESENT us, but who actually try to tell us what we want and need, would be appreciated. CatherineAB
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10:51am Wed 28 May 14

motco says...

What would have been the point of a referendum as promised by DC when the measure to which it related was already passed by G Brown and chums? He promised, I seem to recall, that a referendum would be held if it was within his power to make the decision prior to the enactment of the EU measure - which it proved not to be. Money would have been wasted on a retrospective vote would it not? This referendum will be fun though... If he wins the GE, obviously.
What would have been the point of a referendum as promised by DC when the measure to which it related was already passed by G Brown and chums? He promised, I seem to recall, that a referendum would be held if it was within his power to make the decision prior to the enactment of the EU measure - which it proved not to be. Money would have been wasted on a retrospective vote would it not? This referendum will be fun though... If he wins the GE, obviously. motco
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