Today I made a Dragon’s Den style pitch to the Backbench Business Committee, along with my colleague David Nuttall MP, Kelvin Hopkins MP for Labour, and Jim Shannon MP for the DUP, for the House of Commons to debate and vote on whether we should have a referendum on Europe.
We were backed by petitions signed by hundreds of thousands of voters. I am delighted to report that we were successful in our pitch and the Committee agreed that Parliament will debate and vote on our motion on Thursday 27th October.
The motion which we have proposed is:
“This House calls upon the Government to introduce a Bill in the next session of Parliament to provide for the holding of a national referendum on whether the United Kingdom
(a) should remain a member of the European Union;
(b) leave the European Union; or
(c) re-negotiate the terms of its membership in order to create a new relationship based on trade and co-operation.”
We have been made too many promises about Europe for too long by too many parties and too many governments. With the Euro-zone now the motor of European integration, it is time for Parliament to let the people decide. Do we want more of the same under the EU, or a Swiss style relationship, trading with Europe but governing ourselves.