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The route to an EU referendum

The route to an EU referendum
July 30th, 2011
Author: Jeff Taylor

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.

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28 Responses to “The route to an EU referendum”

  1. E F HOLROYD says:

    i VOTED NO IN THE FIRST REFERENDUM WE NEED TO GO BACK TO THE COMMOMWEALTH . KEEP OUR SOVEREIGNTY

  2. E F HOLROYD says:

    WE NNED TO GET OUT OF THE EU

  3. brian hopkins says:

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    just get us out of the EU, and mark my vote in your petision, brian hopkins

  4. rosemary humphries says:

    both my husband and myself are strongly against the eu and their continual inteferance in the government of this country – we managed to get along without them before and i sure we can do the same again – get us out of the eu please – by the way is there any chance on a sticker for the car – at the moment we have a photograph of the union flag which appeared in the original express – unfortuneatley this is fading fast –

  5. JeanTaylor (Mrs) says:

    Yes we should be out of the E.U and run our country as we want to not be told by Brussels what we can do and what we cannot. We should also come out of the European Human Rights. What a load of nutters we should be able to sling
    people out of this country who fall foul of our laws not be told we cannot do that its against their human rights. What about the victims do they not have human rights?

  6. brian hopkins says:

    ive tried to vote for getting us out of the eu, but its saying error try again but i vote to get us out of the EU, period,

  7. brian hopkins says:

    ive just tried again to vote for getting us out of the EU but it said somthing went wrong try again later i give up brian hopkins.

  8. Administrator says:

    Don't give up Brian, wait until Thu 4th and vote directly on the government e-petition web-site!

  9. SUE PARKS says:

    We need to get out of the EU to preserve what is left of UK. We need to take back control of our country and affiliate ourselves with the Commonwealth countries once again.

  10. elsie wakefield says:

    All the hangers on in EU wasting our money get out now

  11. R. L. Smith. says:

    i think most of the UK population, if honest, will admit to being fed up with the interferance of EU rules and the inventions of more and more laws whitch medal unceasingly with our society. We do not need it, cannot afford it, and should eject ourselves out of it's clutches as soon as possible. OK, so we may all have to work harder, cap on immigration, let's get more productive.and support many less; non combatents; Bring back conscription, re-introduce pride and a sence of duty all around. No disipline = no society = anarchy. Time we all moved on, the poorer countries in the EU cannot expect to be carried about forever.

  12. K WOOD says:

    i liked the joke about car scrapage scheme . give a car to a eastern european morelike. time to bail out i sign thursday.

  13. brian hopkins says:

    no i wont give up trying to put my vote in ill keep trying ,,and i agree 1000,percent with r.l.smith,on his coments,

  14. Bernard Clark says:

    I have opposed the then EEC and now EU tooth and nail since 1972! This fine
    action by the Express will almost certainly lead to a parliamentary debate…but Cameron, Miliband and the Lib-DEms will ensure in any way, clean or dirty that
    the people will not win.
    Sorry to be pessimistic but let's face the fact that all three parties are EU fans.

  15. John Munro says:

    There is a better website than the governments epetiton website go and see Digital Democracy. You to start campaign that is local, national or for the UK.

    You can gain support online and it has many social network tools to help promote you campaign. It also is linked to local MPs and helps them to engage with their local constituents.

    This is a much better system. This gets your MPs to disuss and support your campaigns and they can ensure directly that it is brought up in the House of Commons.

    Take a look today digialdemocracy.org.uk

  16. MICHAEL CHAPMAN says:

    The eu seems to be a political dream but the average man on the streets nightmare . please pease get us out

  17. .george smith says:

    i did not want to be in the corrupt eu ,in the 6o,s.i said it would be a disaster,my words came true

  18. maureen says:

    the only people that benefit from eu are the m.p.s the tax,s payers suffer.we must get out of the eu.quicker the better

  19. carol says:

    if we sign away any more of our rights to the bent eu,this country will be in ruins.get out now and make our own laws

  20. James Purdie says:

    I say no us joining the E.U.

  21. flo says:

    get out of the EU our goverment is distroying us for there own selfish needs its feathering its own nest for when they are no longer in goverment £35 million aday would be better spent here,what i want to no is why do they give jobs to other countrys knowing we need them our selves what a farce.

  22. jerry p says:

    I dont think any average joe in the street has benifited from being in the EU it has cost us as a nation a fortune to be in and looks like it is going to cost us a lot more in the future the only people who has benifited are the MEPs and capital business. Not only that no body asked me if i wanted to go in to the EU.

    I think TED HEATH should have been shot for treason for selling the country off to europe when we had two world wars to keek our country free.

  23. John West says:

    Never have I been so disappointed in a Conservative leader as I have with Cameron; his refusal to grant a referendum on this issue is disgraceful. The country is in a shambles, we are bleeding cash into the E.U. black hole, while their interference in our affairs has become dangerous and intolerable. Where has British backbone gone? It is still there, but stifled by years of our politicians kow-towing to Brussels. We MUST get out, regain our pride and Sovereignty, and rebuild our once mighty industrial base, REAL jobs for OUR people. There has never been a better time!

  24. John Davis says:

    Cameron, has gone the same route as Blair & Brown, as far as I am concerned "ALL" politicians who aspire to the status of the prime ministers office (this I should say, should apply to all MP`s)and they advocate a referendum to enhance their possibility of gaining the parties inception into office & then defaulting on the promise, i.e. it turns out to be a down right lie! should be removed from that office without recourse.
    So yes please add my name to your list for "dumping" the Euro and the EU, I agree totally with Mr John West 04/08/2011.

  25. mr @ mrs r.w.hope says:

    please get us out of the eu whilst there is still something left of

    great britain. hope cameron is not another blair or brown.

  26. Russtti Gaynor says:

    Hello,

    I am sick, tired and fed-up of this governments' constant waffle and lies, coming from the top {PM} downwards.

    Before the General Election PM Cameron promised never to touch the NHS. He and his government of cronies are ripping it apart; privitisation via the back door.

    The education system is a sham. Schoolkids no longer can tell Beethoven from Beyonce! When kids run amock in classrooms teachers are frightened as to what they should do. They can't touch the little monsters.

    As for the European Union, this once 'Great' coutry of England would be better off out of it altogether. It's run by a bloody gravy train, whose ideas and laws have always been a farce and always will, whether it be to straighten curved bananas or to ban the Yorkshire Pudding, this EU bunch 'train' are a load of corruptors and fools, who seem t think the average Brit' doesn't know what they're up to.

    We have prime ministers {Cameron, Blair, Brown, Major, etc} who could run a bath, let alone a country and the EU expect we British to put up with it. I'm afraid not.

    We have chancellors who are supposed to 'budget' the finances of this country, yet couldn't budget their own purses and wallets.

    We have the daftest laws coming from Brussels and the likes of Hazel Blears, George Osborne, Diane Abbot, Davey 'Baby' Cameron follow them like sharks to the slaughter. To prove how stupid Westminster politicians can be, Blears was standing up in the House of Commons this week and she asked the following: "Why are these kids not at school?"

    The answer could have been shouted by millions of Londoners in a heartbeat.

    'They're all on Summer Holidays, Mrs Blears, you anvil head!'.

    I've no doubt we could well have got the same kind of question from some half wit in Brussels. There are no brains there either!

    For the sake of the decent people of the UK {certainly England}, get us out of the wretched EU. We have enough political stupidity at Westminster without the European Union having to add to it.

    We've got our own 'gravy train' {Westminster} without having EU fools to add to the damage.

    Regards {120811}

  27. Russtti Gaynor says:

    Hello,

    I am sick, tired and fed-up of this governments' constant waffle and lies, coming from the top {PM} downwards.

    Before the General Election PM Cameron promised never to touch the NHS. He and his government of cronies are ripping it apart; privitisation via the back door.

    The education system is a sham. Schoolkids no longer can tell Beethoven from Beyonce! When kids run amock in classrooms teachers are frightened as to what they should be doing. They can't touch the little monsters.

    As for the European Union, this once 'Great' country of England would be better off out of it altogether. It's run by a bloody gravy train, whose ideas and laws have always been a farce and always will be, whether it be to straighten curved bananas or to ban the Yorkshire Pudding, this EU bunch 'train' are a load of corruptors and fools, who seem t think the average Brititsh person doesn't know what they're up to. We know exactly what they're up to!

    We have prime ministers {Cameron, Blair, Brown, Major, etc} who couldn't run a bath, let alone a country and the EU expect we British to put up with it. I'm afraid not. Over the years the average Brit has got wise as to what the EU is up to.

    We have chancellors who are supposed to 'budget' the finances of this country, yet couldn't budget their own purses and wallets. Except when it comes to fiddling their expenses. Then they cry 'never' when a warrant is issued for their respective arrests.

    We have the daftest laws coming from Brussels, and the likes of Hazel Blears, George Osborne, Diane Abbot, Davey 'Baby' Cameron follow them like sharks to the slaughter. To prove how stupid Westminster politicians can be, Blears was standing up in the House of Commons this week and she asked the following: "Why are these kids not at school?", when referring to the recent riots/thuggery.

    The answer could have been shouted by millions of Londoners in a heartbeat.

    'They're all on Summer Holidays, Mrs Blears, you empty-headed nutcase!'.

    I've no doubt we could well have got the same kind of question from some half- wit in Brussels. There are no brains there either!

    For the sake of the decent people of the UK {certainly England}, get us out of the wretched EU. We have enough political stupidity at Westminster without the European Union having to add to it.

    Regards {120811}

  28. Keith Glendinning says:

    I voted to join the EEC in 1972, but oh boy was I wrong! The original idea of a free trade zone was sound, however, looking back it seems like that was only a carrot to draw the British donkey into a much wider plan. We're now seeing the folly of our entry daily with the erosion of our national rules and statutes. GET US OUT OF THE EU AT THE EARLIEST OPPORTUNITY.