Cameron's EU bill slammed as "meaningless"

Nigel Farage has slammed Cameron's EU referendum bill as meaningless and claimed that "on this issue, UKIP will surely win"

by The Commentator on 14 May 2013 17:50

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Just moments after British Prime Minister David Cameron announced and released a draft 'EU bill' which is meant to enshrine a referendum on the EU by 2017, UKIP leader Nigel Farage declared it was "meaningless".

The bill, which is just 490 words long and was released earlier today, states that by December 31st 2017, the United Kingdom must hold a referendum on the question: "Do you think that the United Kingdom should remain a member of the European Union?”

But critics, at the forefront of which is UKIP's Nigel Farage, have slammed the announcement, calling it "meaningless".

Farage said today, "This promise does not have the weight of law because no parliament can bind its successor.

"The EU referendum bill is 490 words long with the Scottish Independence Referendum bill is over 62 thousand words. It´s evident, this bill was scrawled up on the back of an envelope in a few hours, and it is meaningless."

Bloggers have noted that the bill is scarcely as detailed as the one that brought forward the AV referendum on Britain's voting system in 2011. 

Farage continued, "Cameron has promised to campaign to stay in the EU come what may. He has also made un-kept promises before. No-one believes him now.

"This bill is the last desperate play on a man in a panic. Sadly for, he has now come onto UKIP turf, and on this issue, UKIP will surely win."

But the Prime Minister was keen to push the idea to party activists, many of which are ecstatic at the latest development. An e-mail from the Conservative Party this evening, signed by Cameron, claimed, "...my commitment to a referendum is absolute. If I am Prime Minister after the next election, there will be an In-Out referendum. No ifs, no buts. And before the 2015 election, we will do everything we can to make it the law."

The Conservative party is also asking for people to register their support on its website.

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