The supremely irrelevant House of Commons is now planning to conduct a debate on whether there should be an EU referendum, supposedly on 27 October. I have made my views abundantly clear on this, but my erstwhile co-editor makes the points needed on this episode.View full article here
I'm under no illusion that the Govt will ensure that any vote that is held will be handsomely defeated; nor that the Govt would feel honour bound to act on a succesful motion.
But I find it hard to understand that a blog established precisely for the purpose of forcing a referendum on EU membership suddenly decides this is of no importance.
I understand the points you have been making over the past months and years about the whole political system being broken but I'd say we have more chance of a referendum on the EU than the massive reforms necessary to meet the goals of your Referism campaign. As a previous poster noted, we get out of the EU and the institutional reforms you have campaigned for might become easier to achieve.
It does seem odd that the blog that has led the argument for a referendum on the EU is now suggesting its campaigning focus has gone off at a tangent.
This blog was established to fight the referendum on the Constitutional Treaty ... when it seemed a reality. It was not then our intention to go for an in/out referendum ... that was not on offer.
Any such referendum I would not regard as of "no importance". On a purely pragmatic level, I oppose it because I do not believe we could win one. WFW has the options for the debate ..http://witteringwitney.blogspot.com/201 ... stion.html
They will go for "C" ... which is never-never land ... the Wislon scam in the '75 referendum.
In terms of tactics, I go the other way around ... internal reform first ... which forces our withdrawal. I do not know how many times I'm going to have to say this ... but leave the EU without an alternative already in place and we could be no better off than we are now, and possibly worse off.