Join Date: 08.03.2005
Referendum Reactions: Cameron Faces Heat from Continent
In calling for a British referendum on EU membership, Prime Minister Cameron thought he might get some support from reform-minded partners on the Continent. But the praise has been almost non-existent, and Cameron is feeling the heat.
Join Date: 23.01.2012
Was There a Man Dismayed?
Cameron is a Europhile who has been pushed by a Eurosceptic population into an in /out referendum. Given our current unsustainable position in the EU, If he were to hold it now he would probably lose and we would pull out of the EU.
So Cameron is without support on the continent? Really it doesn't matter that much. In 2017 Cameron (or Milliband) will present to the UK electorate the results of the renegotiation with our EU friends.The choice would be the renegotiated package or out. If there is no renegotiation Cameron will present the current status quo and we would leave the EU. The imponderable is the renegotiated package and whether it would be worth staying in for. We shall see
Join Date: 14.05.2011
I have been reading what the German people have been posting on the German newspaper websites.
The British people will get a lot of support from the German people if not from the German government.
The German people would love a referendum on the EU.
Join Date: 24.01.2013
Don't make the mistake of thinking the British people don't care!
The more "heat" that comes from the continent the more belligerent the British people will get.
They don't like being told that the "mother of all parliaments" shouldn't offer it's people a democratic right to decide and the more the voices outside the UK say no, the more the voices in the UK will say "OUT".
69%?of British voters want a referendum to finally lay the thorny issue of the EU in British politics to rest. The bad news for the EU is currently 56% would vote to leave with another 23% undecided.
If the UK leaves the EU,it could well be the spark that brings the whole house of cards tumbling down.
As one UK commentator put it, Cameron has told the EU emperors to put their clothes on... Like it or not, this is the prevailing opinion in the UK.
Do you really think the EU (let alone the Euro) will survive without the UK at its core?
Join Date: 25.01.2013
This is what the renegotiation means
In case you wondered what Cameron wants in renegotiation, here are some of the things happening in Britain.
Cameron got backing from many of the business leaders here for his speeches and he claimed many business leaders on the continent agreed too.
Britain, after the US and Canada, has the easiest regime to sack workers. Some of the powers the Tories want repatriated to Westminster is scraping of minimum wage, abolition of maximum hours worked, reducing health and safety rules for business.
Removal of building control from Local Authorities, or opposition from local residents, in favour of the builders, i.e. if locals haven’t got a plan for use of an area, the decision must be in favour of the building companies. Locals get two weeks to come up with a plan if a builder makes an application. This includes forests and green field sites.
They label different groups of people, those on benefits are “scum”, those in work are strivers; even though six million people in work are so badly paid they do get some kind of Government benefits.
Single mothers and old people are a drain on the country’s resources. Wages for people living in areas of the country where cost of living is lower should be paid lower wages for the same job.
Skilled Government workers were being paid more than those in the private sector, so they should sacked, so they would be forced to work in the private sector, making their skills available to private sector employers.
Some of their supporters said there are too many people in some areas of Britain so they should be sent to areas of lower population.
A pro-Tory paper, The Daily Mail, had an article on employment and the actually used the words, “Arbeit Macht Frei”, in the article.
A very prominent businessman, Digby Jones, said we should be like India or China to compete, meaning we should have the same working conditions.
You can see why the Tories are popular with businessmen.