After Scotland, no excuses against an EU referendum
Everyone has praised the democratic marvel of Scotland's referendum. Labour, LibDems and dithering Tories now have no excuse whatsoever for opposing a referendum on whether Britain stays in or quits the EU
Three years and millions of pounds have been spent deciding whether the European Union should dictate its policies on Scotland directly or through its membership of the United Kingdom.
Now that 8 percent of the British electorate have had their say over their future, isn’t it about time we all got a vote on the root of the problem -- our membership of the EU?
The agendas of the political elites in the coming days will be filled with making grandiose speeches and posturing on how devolved each of the four nations of Britain should be. But as long as we remain members of the EU we have increasingly less power to devolve to anyone, making these promises entirely empty.
When Salmond demanded a referendum, Cameron was quick to agree in order to “show respect to the people of Scotland” and their wishes. By comparison “Cast-Iron” Dave reneged on his promise of a referendum over the Lisbon Treaty and only relented to an In / Out Referendum pledge on the EU after being dragged kicking and screaming by his backbenchers and the threat of UKIP.
Ed Miliband and Nick Clegg meanwhile have bent over backwards to support the Scottish referendum, whilst refusing to pledge a referendum on the EU. If it is democratic to allow the 4 million voters in Scotland to decide their future, it is undemocratic to deny the electorate of the entire United Kingdom the opportunity to decide their future.
Both leaders must now come out in favour of an EU referendum.
Members of the Great British Public have been clamouring for a referendum on our membership of the EU since the Maastricht Treaty in 1992. After twenty years, it is time the question of our place in Europe, and the world at large, is answered once and for all.
If we vote to come out we can begin rebuilding our relations with our historic allies across the Anglosphere, through trade and co-operation on tackling global issues. Freed from red tape, our economy will boom and we can regain our status as a free trading nation.
On the other hand, if we vote to stay in we can adopt the Euro and commit our armed forces to a European army. With our electorate effectively voting to abolish democracy, we can finally do away with the last vestiges of parliamentary government and embrace our fate to be relegated to a province of a European superstate.
Only if we get an In / Out referendum and vote to Get Britain Out of the EU will the Westminster government have any real powers to devolve to England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland.
Until then all the promises, guarantees and pledges in the world won’t fix our constitutional imbalances, and “Devo Max” will remain an illusion.
Luke Stanley is a Research Assistant at Get Britain Out
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