European Union

David Cameron Offers the Possibility of an E.U. Membership Referendum

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In an article for the Sunday Telegraph David Cameron said that he was open to the possibility of a referendum on the UK's membership of the European Union. While Cameron said that he is against the UK leaving the E.U. and has some reservations about holding an in/out referendum, he acknowledged that that the British people needed "a real choice": 

As we get closer to the end point, we will need to consider how best to get the full-hearted support of the British people whether it is in a general election or in a referendum.

As I have said, for me the two words "Europe" and "referendum" can go together, particularly if we really are proposing a change in how our country is governed, but let us get the people a real choice first. 

Cameron's acceptance of a potential referendum on the UK's membership of the E.U. is a long overdue move. Yet, it may prove to be one of the bitterest disputes between the Conservatives and their coalition partners, the Liberal Democrats.

In response to Cameron's article high profile politicians came out in support of a membership referendum, while UKIP, the anti-E.U. party, has dismissed the article as pandering. Former Defence Secretary, Liam Fox, has said that the UK should leave the E.U., while other Tory MPs have said that Conservative weakness on the issue means that they may lose voters to UKIP, increasing the possibility of a Labour win in the next general election. A recent YouGov poll put Labour ahead of the Conservatives by nine percent and the Liberal Democrats polling at a woeful nine percent. Sixty two percent of those polled disapprove of the Coalition Government's performance. 

It is looking increasingly unlikely that the coalition will last its full term to 2015. A mutual fear and hatred of Labour is all that is keeping the government together. Reform of the House of Lords is straining the already tenuous relationship, and a referendum on E.U. membership would almost certainly push the Europhilic Liberal Democrats into leaving the government. Vince Cable, a hero of the social democratic wing of the Liberal Democrats and Business Secretary, has said:

Reopening a big debate about Britain being in or out the European Union and the referendum associated with it is horribly irrelevant at a time of upheaval taking place in Europe

As recent events have shown, the political class in Europe is trying to address the euro crisis with more integration and closer fiscal union. Polls consistently show that the British people do not want to be part of an organization that is slowly hamstringing itself while dissolving national soverignty and democracy. Over eighty percent of Britons want a referendum on E.U. membership, and over half would vote to leave. An in/out referendum is overdue and was promised years ago, Cameron should offer it sooner rather than later.

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  1. “Reopening a big debate about Britain being in or out the European Union and the referendum associated with it is horribly irrelevant at a time of upheaval taking place in Europe”

    Pretty sure that translates to:
    “Don’t question your betters NOW!”

    1. Sounds more like begging than ruling.

      1. Thanks for your input, Mary.

        1. You’re welcome, Sally.

        2. You’re not supposed to respond to “cheekbone”!

          (God knows it’s hard to resist though….like fucking Shrikes mom in the ass!)

          PS: christfag

    2. Waitaminit.

      Is he really saying that a time of upheaval is not the time to re-evaluate your membership?

      Seems to me like that’s the best time.

      1. The time to decide whether to man the lifeboats is not when the stern is rising from the briny, but when the conga line forms in the dance hall.

        1. Oops.
          Brutus beat me to the analogy…

      2. “Is he really saying that a time of upheaval is not the time to re-evaluate your membership?”

        That’s the way I read it, and I came to the same conclusion.
        Best time to get off a sinking ship is a first.

  2. Maybe Great Britain would like to merge with the US after it cuts free of the EU? Since we’ve come full circle now, and it’s just a question of time until the US becomes GB (again), why not go whole hog, merge, and pretend 1776 et seq never happened?

    C’mon! Let’s do it!

      1. or maybe Rebok

  3. Is this a joke? Who in their right minds would look at the EU right now and think: “How do I get in on all that awesomeness?”

    1. Britain is already IN the EU. This is about getting OUT.

    2. Think politics. Cameron gets to run on letting Brits vote against joining the EU, and then do whatever is convenient about getting out. Also, anything that fucks France and Germany is going to be pretty popular in Britain.

      1. Getting less and less so, since a growing portion of the population of Britain shares the same mullah as a large and growing portion of France and Germany.

        1. Wasn’t Charles Martel in favor of a European Union? I think that would play well in poisoning that demographic.

          1. History began in 1948, so I don’t think that would matter to them.

            1. History began in 1948

              With the founding of Israel? So you’re just a spokesperson for Big Jew?…

              1. Hey, now. Big League Jew solved the problem of non-kosher chewing gum.

      2. I would love to see this put to a popular vote in Germany. Hell, the people aren’t happy propping up the eastern half of their own country, let alone the southern reaches of the EU – I would not be surprised if they want out. The politicians, of course, are completely out of touch. Kind of like the US in that regard.

        1. The politicians, of course, are completely out of touch.

          Au contraire. Politicians have a downright spiritual connection to opportunities for their own aggrandizement and enrichment, and the EU provides that in spades.

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    1. Wow! That’s completely believable!

      1. Still more informative and readable than anything triple-asshole has ever posted.

      2. Hooray for registration!

        1. So you long for the 2000+ plus weekend threads of Mary ranting and posting people’s names and addresses on the board?

          So it’s not perfect, it’s still better.

          1. ‘Ranting’ is not quite the right word. What is a good word for “long strings of nonsensical babble that only bona-fide lunacy can bring forth?”

            1. needs more “spittle-flecked”.

            2. Kentucky-itis

              1. Congress

          2. Uh, no. I was poking fun at the problems they haven’t solved. HnR was approaching unreadable for a while.

            1. Don’t want none, don’t get some.

              1. Pay a penaltax?

    2. That’s chicken feed compared to the nephew of my hair-dressers husband’s friend.

  6. Do PIGS get to vote on the referendum?

  7. Get out while you still can!

  8. Even if there is a referendum, if it does not go the EU way then there will another one and another one until there is a correct result. Once the result is correct there will be a referendum again.

    This is kind of a special variation of the social contract, once you have opted in there is no way out.

    1. never be

  9. As I have said, for me the two words “Europe” and “referendum” can go together, particularly if we really are proposing a change in how our country is governed, but let us get the people a real choice first.

    Translation:

    Hey, I just met you, and this is crazy. But the EU should go fuck a duck maybe.

    1. Really Ken? You had to put that shitty song in my head? As if Mondays aren’t generally bad enough.

    2. GODDAMIT KEN WHY WOULD YOU DO THAT

    3. You. BASTARD.

      1. CALL ME, BABY.

    4. +111111111111111

  10. Reopening a big debate about Britain being in or out the European Union and the referendum associated with it is horribly irrelevant at a time of upheaval taking place in Europe.

    The worst possible time to think about getting to the lifeboats is when the ship is sinking, everybody knows that!

    1. Come! Let’s go sing on the veranda whilst the band plays for us!

  11. When does California get a referendum on leaving/staying in the USA?

    1. Should that be “when does the USA get a referendum on California leaving/staying in the USA?”

    2. Should that be “when does the USA get a referendum on California leaving/staying in the USA?”

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  13. That dude is oh so full of himself lol.

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