Shropshire Tory MPs hail David Cameron's EU referendum promise

Prime Minister David Cameron’s promise of an in/out referendum on Britain’s membership of the European Union has been welcomed by Shropshire’s Tory MPs.

David Cameron
David Cameron

Mr Cameron’s landmark speech yesterday, in which he vowed to seek to negotiate a “new settlement” for Britain in Europe, was hailed ‘brave and courageous’.

The Prime Minister said the Conservative manifesto for the 2015 general election would ask for a mandate to renegotiate the settlement with the EU and put it to voters in a referendum by the end of 2017.

Daniel Kawczynski - important issue
Daniel Kawczynski - important issue

He said he wanted a new treaty to reform the EU for all its members, but was ready to demand a re-negotiated status for Britain alone if other nations did not agree.

Shrewsbury MP Daniel Kawczynski said the issue was clearly important to the people of Shropshire.

He said: “A lot of people in Shrewsbury have been lobbying me on this issue for a very long time. There are a huge number of people who wish to be consulted on the changes taking place in the European Union.

“Mr Cameron has promised he will try to renegotiate our position in the EU. He was cheered by Conservative MPs when he entered the Chamber and I think the party is very pleased with his stance.

“It will be fascinating to see what happens during a referendum.”

mGlyn Davies - welcomed move
Glyn Davies - welcomed move

Mr Kawczynski said Britain’s future in the EU would hang on what deal Mr Cameron managed to strike.

He said: “I think it is very important to see what David Cameron manages to renegotiate, what other countries are prepared to renegotiate. Once we see that we will be in a much better position to talk about our future in the European Union.”

Wrekin MP Mark Pritchard said the Prime Minister had put Europe ‘on notice’ and if it did not change it faced the prospect of Britain’s exit from the EU.

Mr Pritchard said: “It was a brave and courageous speech given that David Cameron is the first Prime Minister in nearly four decades to offer a referendum.

“I hope that our European partners will undertake the necessary reforms to improve competitiveness and growth.

“Europe is now on notice and if they don’t deliver I suspect the electorate will eventually vote to leave altogether.”

Mr Pritchard claimed the speech had settled the issue of Europe for the Conservative party and predicted that “by 2015 Labour will have inserted in its manifesto some sort of referendum commitment, so the problem of Europe has transferred from the Conservative party to Ed Miliband”.

He acknowledged there was frustration among some that Britain would in effect have open borders for five years and would not be able to change employment laws before then.

North Shropshire MP Owen Paterson hailed Mr Cameron’s ‘bold’ speech.

He said: “I welcome his comments. His analysis is very much correct.

“To make the euro work there must be much tougher arrangements in the eurozone which we can’t possibly follow so we need to negotiate a new settlement.”

Montgomeryshire MP Glyn Davies added: “I welcome David Cameron’s speech. It is clear that the British people are very concerned about the remorseless transfer of sovereignty to the EU.

“It is right that the relationship be renegotiated and then put before the people in a referendum.”

David Wright - 'bad for business'
David Wright - 'bad for business'

But Telford MP David Wright claimed Mr Cameron’s speech had only served to create doubt amongst the business community.

He said: “I think Mr Cameron has opened us up to several years of uncertainty and in my view that is pretty bad for British business. I think it is more about holding his party together than about holding the country together.”

Ludlow MP Philip Dunne said: “I welcome this courageous speech which now sets the agenda for the debate on Britain’s place in Europe.

“I am sure it will receive wide-spread support from across the Conservative Party and and across the country and will allow a mature debate to take place on what kind of relationship the country should have with, and in, Europe for decades to come.”

Comments for: "Shropshire Tory MPs hail David Cameron's EU referendum promise"

Ken Adams

Nothing more than a shoddy replay of 1975! Fool the people once shame on you, fool the people twice shame on them.

Darren

As a business owner in Shropshire I welcome this decision. It's now time to say no to the EU and their laws. It's now a big opportunity for the public to have their say. It seems that nearly 90% of British people will vote NO to staying with the EU. On another note, many people who have never voted Conservative including myself are saying that they will vote for them for the first time, if the Prime Minster keeps his promise on this for a refernedum. You can't trust Labout or the Lib Dems on the EU and with UKIP backing the PM it's a sure thing that we look set to get our say once and for all. Well done Mr Cameron for standing your ground and I look forward to voting NO to the EU.

James

You do understand that David Cameron wants to stay in the EU? He has made this 'commitment' for two reasons only :

1. In the hope that UKIP won't split the right-wing vote at the next election (so basically to save his own skin).

2. In the hope that he might be able to wriggle out of those parts of EU law that regulate the excesses of UK style capitalism (or, in other words, to further enrich his already hugely wealthy pals in the City of London).

There's nothing brave or principled about it at all.

Mike

Remember these are fickle politicians who change their opinions at a drop of a hat DC is playing a precarious game.

Ken Adams

Of course the Conservatives will use the promise as if it were actually going to happen, we can already see the debate being formed if you want out of the EU then the only way is to vote Conservative.

Only problem is Cameron has made it abundantly clear that he does not want Britain to leave the EU, so in any referendum where he is in charge he will use the machinery of the state in a massive propaganda scare campaign in order to keep us in.

The whole renegotiation and then referendum scene is part of an attempt to sideline the debate, and muddy the waters. Cameron is like a man sitting on the train to Brighton telling everyone that he has absolutely no intention of going to Brighton. If you can imagine that a train has -at present - 27 carriages just changing the seating on your own carriage will not alter the destination of the train, it is still going to end up in Brighton.

James

Surely he'll need an outright majority at the election now, as well. Isn't it likely that the most likely coalition in the event of a hung parliament would be a Lab-Lib one, based partly on continued EU membership under the present terms? That is unless I'm naively underestimating the Lib Dems' capacity to sell out their every principle.

Or is the referendum promise so crucial to so many people that they'll give Cameron that outright majority?

A lot will depend on polling in the next couple of years, Labour could well be forced into offering a referendum if they perceive the Conservatives gaining from Cameron’s empty promise.

I do agree it is very unlikely the Conservatives will be in the next government real EUrealists of course long ago gave up any hope in Cameron, so they will not be swayed by his tactics because they simply will not believe anything he says about the EU.