MP: EU referendum a breakthrough

Bucks Free Press: MP: EU referendum a breakthrough MP: EU referendum a breakthrough

DAVID Cameron's announcement that there will be a referendum giving Britain a chance to leave the European Union is a 'breakthrough', Wycombe MP Steve Baker says.

Mr Baker, who has rebelled against the Government over the issue of Europe in House of Commons votes, backed the Prime Minister's pledge, which was made yesterday.

Voters will get the chance to have their say in a ballot by 2017 - if the Conservatives win a majority at the next general election in 2015.

Mr Cameron said he wants to renegotiate Britain's position to bring back some powers from Brussels but wants to remain in the EU.

Eurosceptic Mr Baker said: "I am delighted with the Prime Minister’s EU speech. "I am glad that we have at last had this breakthrough, a breakthrough which democrats of all parties should support.

"The review of the balance of powers between the UK Government and the EU now needs to make real what is too often an abstract debate so that the public can make an informed choice.

"It remains to be seen whether the nations of Europe want to make the changes the EU desperately needs. In any event, if a Conservative Government is returned in 2015, the public will decide whether we are governed from London or Brussels."

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2:11pm Thu 24 Jan 13

Darren Hayday says...

Well let’s think about this for a little while now that we've had a chance the think in more detail.

"Dave" is kicking this into the political long grass.
We should have this referendum now not in a few years time.
He’s giving a carrot on a stick to try and get lost voters back from UKIP.
Well let’s think about this for a little while now that we've had a chance the think in more detail. "Dave" is kicking this into the political long grass. We should have this referendum now not in a few years time. He’s giving a carrot on a stick to try and get lost voters back from UKIP. Darren Hayday

3:06pm Thu 24 Jan 13

Mutley says...

It's quite straightforward really. Wait until May 2015 and then vote:-
UKIP if you want OUT at any cost,
Conservative if you want to try renegotiation and then decide,
Labour or LimDem if you want to stay IN at any cost.
It's quite straightforward really. Wait until May 2015 and then vote:- UKIP if you want OUT at any cost, Conservative if you want to try renegotiation and then decide, Labour or LimDem if you want to stay IN at any cost. Mutley

4:03pm Thu 24 Jan 13

Cyclo says...

Maybe the BFP should be running the referendum - much quicker on the trigger than the Electoral Commission.
Maybe the BFP should be running the referendum - much quicker on the trigger than the Electoral Commission. Cyclo

12:18am Fri 25 Jan 13

washondo says...

Mutley wrote:
It's quite straightforward really. Wait until May 2015 and then vote:-
UKIP if you want OUT at any cost,
Conservative if you want to try renegotiation and then decide,
Labour or LimDem if you want to stay IN at any cost.
Well assessed.
Repeat on pre-election days.
~
While it may have been sound while de Gaulle was keeping us out, it was too late when we got in with the established conformities. Time and money wasted!
[quote][p][bold]Mutley[/bold] wrote: It's quite straightforward really. Wait until May 2015 and then vote:- UKIP if you want OUT at any cost, Conservative if you want to try renegotiation and then decide, Labour or LimDem if you want to stay IN at any cost.[/p][/quote]Well assessed. Repeat on pre-election days. ~ While it may have been sound while de Gaulle was keeping us out, it was too late when we got in with the established conformities. Time and money wasted! washondo

12:28pm Fri 25 Jan 13

RenegadeJ007 says...

Just another party partisan attempt to destroy the future of this country. It is absolutely not in the interest of the nation because if it was, all 3 political would have offered it without any conditions imposed. Cameron will only give you this opportunity and only if you vote for him...otherwise forget it. Labour said completely no no, not till its right !! and the Lib Dems...well who knows ? these sell-off party of the lying traitors will join force with whoever is in power at that time.
Just another party partisan attempt to destroy the future of this country. It is absolutely not in the interest of the nation because if it was, all 3 political would have offered it without any conditions imposed. Cameron will only give you this opportunity and only if you vote for him...otherwise forget it. Labour said completely no no, not till its right !! and the Lib Dems...well who knows ? these sell-off party of the lying traitors will join force with whoever is in power at that time. RenegadeJ007

12:34pm Fri 25 Jan 13

RenegadeJ007 says...

I follow BBC Parliament with great interest. Just a couple of questions to this MP of ours !!
Where are you ???? Do they not let you in the parliament any more? Your seat is always empty, you are never present there to argue cases for your constituency let alone the important infrastructure, economic and public services provisions that are so lacking in this town. You appear once a year to congratulate Cameron on a another stupid policy he is pursuing in his party's political interest and then that is it...gone for another year... Some including I would say that you are utterly useless !!!!!!!!!
I follow BBC Parliament with great interest. Just a couple of questions to this MP of ours !! Where are you ???? Do they not let you in the parliament any more? Your seat is always empty, you are never present there to argue cases for your constituency let alone the important infrastructure, economic and public services provisions that are so lacking in this town. You appear once a year to congratulate Cameron on a another stupid policy he is pursuing in his party's political interest and then that is it...gone for another year... Some including I would say that you are utterly useless !!!!!!!!! RenegadeJ007

12:52am Sat 26 Jan 13

stevet123 says...

All this is, Is david cameron election ploy in 2 years time to stay in power, when it comes to the crunch he will do a u turn and say there will not be a referendum, His election promise on the NHS what a load of twaddle that was,,most of the Tory bigots love to con, cheat, do u turns for there own sins also they are modern day Robin hoods take from the poor and give to the rich, and always whats in it for them same as the councillors
All this is, Is david cameron election ploy in 2 years time to stay in power, when it comes to the crunch he will do a u turn and say there will not be a referendum, His election promise on the NHS what a load of twaddle that was,,most of the Tory bigots love to con, cheat, do u turns for there own sins also they are modern day Robin hoods take from the poor and give to the rich, and always whats in it for them same as the councillors stevet123

8:15am Sat 26 Jan 13

williamjames says...

Those countries forming the EU have many different cultures, legal and economic systems. It is plain madness to expect an unelected set of failed politicians in Brussels to produce a system which integrates 'ever more closely' these countries. The Social Chapter and Euro are but two of their failed attempts at integration. One could go on with the failed agriculrural and fishing policies which allow the French and Spanish to rip us off.
If we are unable to return to the Single Market and free trade that we signed up to in the last referendum we should leave.
Those countries forming the EU have many different cultures, legal and economic systems. It is plain madness to expect an unelected set of failed politicians in Brussels to produce a system which integrates 'ever more closely' these countries. The Social Chapter and Euro are but two of their failed attempts at integration. One could go on with the failed agriculrural and fishing policies which allow the French and Spanish to rip us off. If we are unable to return to the Single Market and free trade that we signed up to in the last referendum we should leave. williamjames

10:52am Sat 26 Jan 13

stevet123 says...

williamjames wrote:
Those countries forming the EU have many different cultures, legal and economic systems. It is plain madness to expect an unelected set of failed politicians in Brussels to produce a system which integrates 'ever more closely' these countries. The Social Chapter and Euro are but two of their failed attempts at integration. One could go on with the failed agriculrural and fishing policies which allow the French and Spanish to rip us off.
If we are unable to return to the Single Market and free trade that we signed up to in the last referendum we should leave.
I agree with you, must add in world finannces the EU are not making any cuts they are increasing what goes in the pot, so all them MEP's are laughing they don't give a damm, as long as they get there wages and there very hi expenses, money exchanged before the EU, trade happened before the EU, export and imports happened before the EU, why are we still in it, all parties of the bristish MP'S should go for a referendum for in out, as i say David cameron slimey two faced that he is, its an election ploy, to stay in, I was a lib/dem voter but Nick Clegg is such a fool he has wrecked his party, UKIP will get my vote
[quote][p][bold]williamjames[/bold] wrote: Those countries forming the EU have many different cultures, legal and economic systems. It is plain madness to expect an unelected set of failed politicians in Brussels to produce a system which integrates 'ever more closely' these countries. The Social Chapter and Euro are but two of their failed attempts at integration. One could go on with the failed agriculrural and fishing policies which allow the French and Spanish to rip us off. If we are unable to return to the Single Market and free trade that we signed up to in the last referendum we should leave.[/p][/quote]I agree with you, must add in world finannces the EU are not making any cuts they are increasing what goes in the pot, so all them MEP's are laughing they don't give a damm, as long as they get there wages and there very hi expenses, money exchanged before the EU, trade happened before the EU, export and imports happened before the EU, why are we still in it, all parties of the bristish MP'S should go for a referendum for in out, as i say David cameron slimey two faced that he is, its an election ploy, to stay in, I was a lib/dem voter but Nick Clegg is such a fool he has wrecked his party, UKIP will get my vote stevet123

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