That in-in referendum in full …
Natascha Engel (North East Derbyshire) (Lab): The Secretary of State for Education said this weekend* that if there were a referendum on Britain’s continued membership of the EU, he would vote to leave. A third of the Cabinet agree with him. How would the Prime Minister vote?
The Prime Minister: As I said, I do not want an in/out referendum, because I am not hoppy – happy with us leaving the European Union, but I am not happy with the status quo either. I think what the vast majority of this country wants is a new settlement with Europe and then that settlement being put to fresh consent. That is what will be going in our manifesto, and I think it will get a ringing endorsement from the British people.
So you have (a) the bogus renegotiation secured from the bargaining position of saying at the start that the UK wants to stay in the EU, or (b) the status quo.
Do you think this is (a) going to work, or (b) blow up in David Cameron’s face?
(Answers on one side of the paper only.)
*Michael Gove was not, actually, reported as saying this in the Mail on Sunday; merely that he “has told friends that, if there was [sic] a referendum today on whether the UK should cut its ties with Brussels, he would vote to leave”. But he has not denied that this is his view.Tagged in: euroscepticism
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