James Brokenshire has strongly endorsed Conservative proposals for a referendum on the UK’s EU membership. The MP welcomed the commitment made by Prime Minister David Cameron that the next Conservative Manifesto will seek a mandate to negotiate a new settlement with the EU and then give the British people a referendum with a very simple in or out choice – stay in the EU on these new terms or come out altogether.
Legislation would be drafted before the next election and, if a Conservative Government is elected, it would pass the necessary new laws it by the end of that year. The negotiation and referendum would then be completed within the first half of the next Parliament.
Commenting James said:
“Public disillusionment with the EU is at an all-time high and many people feel that it is heading in a direction that they never signed up to. That’s why I think it is important that we negotiate a new settlement with Europe backed by fresh public consent for these new terms.
“The best way to achieve this would be in a new Treaty that makes the changes needed to resolve the crisis in the Eurozone, while at the same time protecting the interests of those outside the Eurozone, and driving forward reform for all. But if there is no appetite for a new Treaty, then Britain should be ready to address the changes we need in a negotiation with our European partners.”