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All major parties ordered to vote against an EU referendum – Let them Vote freely!

by Barry
European Union

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News has it that the debate on an EU Referendum is moving on, with a Vote expected in the Commons on Monday, but all 3 major parties are reportedly ordering their MPs to vote against it.  Both Cameron and Miliband have told their MPs to do as their told, and lets face it, Clegg is going to do perform as Cameron tells him to.  The reasoning being that it is “bad timing” but then again, when is good timing?

The Euro is in crisis, it could just be a good time for the government to test if, when its discussing bailouts and the impact, of it has the backing of the people.  I think this vote should go ahead, and MPs should be given a free vote.  There is always going to be an excuse not to, and if the Government can spend money in having a separate vote for Police commissioners, then they could do this too (maybe combine then and improve turnout).

There are a number of MPs whoa re already saying they would be prepared to ignore the whips, and I think they should!

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Joe K October 23, 2011 - 2:10 am

‘Democratic governments are by definition representative of the people who elect them.’

I’m not sure that’s right. If the majority of voters would bring back hanging, as I understand is the case, a representative government would bring it back. Actually, most MPs feel they are expected to by constituents to use their own discretion. Otherwise, Richard Graham would have to take a poll in Gloucester before every division, or worse yet, consult a focus group.

It is kind of funny, though, how politicians are always in favour of referendums until they get into power, when the process becomes a costly distraction…

Eddie October 23, 2011 - 12:40 pm

Using the whips is simply an abuse of power, and sadly another example of our politicians contempt for the views of the people they are supposed to represent.

James October 24, 2011 - 10:42 pm

I can’t see Britain pulling out of the EU, it has too many vested interests in the Euro zone which underpins trade and with it, British jobs. However, the currency crisis should provide Britain and other northern countries leverage to re-negotiate treaties. That moment is not now and our political leaders know it, in short, it’s not in Britain’s national interest.

Longer term, I cannot envisage Britain pulling out of such a large and powerful (albeit occasionally dysfunctional) trading block, unless global capitalism implodes. If the latter happens, it will matter little what trading blocks we’re in/out of. Personally, I think growth is dead and in all likelihood, we’re heading for a slump. However, politicians, I suspect either lack the courage to tell us how bad things really are (this crisis started in 2009) and/or they are reluctant (quite rightly) to spook the markets. Time will tell.


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