A doorway has been opened that could give many people in the UK something they have long been crying out for, a referendum on whether we stay in the European Union or not.
That arch anti-EU newspaper, the Daily Express, is lining up to use the newly created government e-petition system, which was yesterday launched by the Commons Leader Sir George Young, in order to put together a monster petition that the government cannot ignore.
The Express has already registered a petition “Britain wants a referendum to leave the EU” with the government web-site. But the e-petition system will not be open to vote on until next Thursday the 4th August. In the meantime the Express is encouraging people to leave their votes with them here and they will be collated by Express staff and added to the government site when it opens.
Under this new system any e-petition that gets more than100,000 votes will be considered for debate in parliament.
The Express ran their own postal coupon campaign on leaving the EU earlier this year and gathered nearly 400,000 supporters.
This new move by the Express has been welcomed by UKIP’s Nigel Farage as well as by Tory MPs Mark Reckless and Douglas Carswell.
Nigel Farage said “Direct democracy is a great principle and one UKIP has advocated for years.
“It is great news that the Government is introducing this scheme, and of course the Daily Express is absolutely right to take the opportunity to call for a referendum on our EU membership.”
One point to bear in mind is that referenda have to be fair minded. Should we get that far it won’t be a question of ‘do you want to leave the EU?’ with answers of ‘yes’ or ‘even more yes’.
There would be a massive nationwide debate with much of government and big business lined up on the EU side. That would also mean a lot of money behind their cause as well as the EU itself getting directly involved.
Vote in the Express campaign HERE