No, actually British Prime Minister David Cameron promised a referendum by 2017. But it might as well be 2040! I wish I had said there would be a total solar eclipse in the USA before there is a British EU referendum for I might have been right (There will be such an eclipse on August 21, 2017 across the USA. Note to Tom White – no blogs that day from me!) I note that neither UKIP nor the European leaders are thrilled about it. First, the Euro elites are scared of popular will:
German Chancellor Angela Merkel, said: “We are prepared to talk about British wishes but we must always bears in mind that other countries have different wishes and we must find a fair compromise,” she said.
Guido Westerwelle, her Foreign Minister, added that “cherry picking is not an option”, saying Europe needed more, not less, integration.
In a radio interview, Mr Fabius warned: “You can’t do Europe a la carte… to take an example which our British friends will understand – imagine Europe is a football club and you join, once you’re in it you can’t say ‘Let’s play rugby’ “.
I would suggest to Mr. Fabius that it is the EU leaders that have changed the game from free trade to a superempire. At the very least, they could have had some sort of popular support to make their superempire more legitimate. What the EU leaders are afraid of is that other nations might try the same thing. Foreign Minister Westerwelle gives it away when he says Europe needs MORE integration (That’s EU talk for superempire) not less. The Obama administration, called by some our first European socialist President, agrees:
And tonight the White House reiterated the United States’s wish from Britain to remain within the EU.
President Obama’s press secretary, Jay Carney said: “We believe that the United Kingdom is stronger as a result of its European Union membership and we believe the European Union is stronger as a result of having the United Kingdom in the EU.”
UKIP leader Nigel Farage said no way!
“Well, there we are,” Farage said as Cameron drew to a close, bouncing to his feet.
His verdict? What would it mean for other member states that weren’t in the eurozone, say, to pluck one at random, Denmark? Well, the main reason Europe was unlikely to give back powers to Britain was that most of the 10 others in the same position would want them back, too, said Farage. “I really do not believe that the central tenets of the EU are up for grabs.”
I like this byline:
TV crews and reporters from around Europe gather to watch one man’s reaction to another man’s speech – and don’t even have bacon rolls to sustain them
Even Cameron will not support leaving the EU:
Cameron, who has come under intense pressure from an anti-Europe right wing of his Conservative Party to call a referendum, acknowledged in his speech that he thinks Britain is stronger within the E.U. and should remain part of it. He warned those itching to leave that Britain, as one of the region’s strongest powers, should stay at the heart of Europe’s future and not on its fringes like other non-E.U. nations, including Norway and Switzerland.
I must ask: What’s wrong with Norway and Switzerland? Switzerland is the closest to a libertarian republic in the world today. Their franc is almost worth a US dollar. Here’s Farage on Switzerland:
“We wouldn’t want to be like the Swiss, would we? That would be awful! We’d be rich!
My take: Do the referendum right away. And the only party Britons can trust on Europe is UKIP.
Bloggers note: I slightly changed the reference from President Obama to the Obama administration. More of a technical change but the Lord would be on my case if I don’t get it right.