UK should boycott new EU boss Juncker, call referendum
David Cameron must now call a referendum on British membership of the EU to coincide with next year's general election. Also he must have no direct contact with Jean-Claude Juncker. Send our ambassador whenever the need arises
No clearer statement could have been made today on the complete incompatibility of Britain and the European Union. In the face of public objections from the UK, and private objections from hypocritical leaders across the continent, Jean-Claude Juncker, a self-confessed political liar, has been made President of the European Commission.
As we pointed out a couple of weeks ago, the appointment of Juncker should convince any waverers that Britain must now leave the EU. Juncker is a neo-authoritarian insider who hates democracy (and therefore hates Britain). His attitude towards truth telling in the politics of the EU says it all: "When it becomes serious, you have to lie," he has gone on record as saying.
Well, lie to your own people, not to ours. And here's a message to David Cameron. If we take you at face value, you did your best. There's no shame in being isolated in Europe when horse manure like this is going down. But we won't take you at face value unless you now do the following two things:
1) Call a referendum on British membership of the EU to coincide with next year's general election.
2) Have no direct contact with Jean-Claude Juncker. Send our ambassador whenever the need arises.
If the prime minister fails to do this, we will know two things about him that previously many had strongly suspected.
First, he is not really serious about giving the British people a say. A referendum in 2017 could easily be pie in the sky. Cameron has the power to get a referendum now, or at least he has a better shot than in 2017 when he may well not be prime minister.
Second, he does not mind humiliating himself and Britain. Juncker is never going to give the UK the concessions it needs to stay in the EU, and after Friday's slap in the face Cameron's going to look like a weakling and a fool if he just carries on and deals with Jean-Claude Juncker as if it was business as usual.
So, these are the key tests. Who thinks Cameron has the balls to follow through on them?
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