Brussels is still storming one week after the British Prime Minister, David Cameron, delivered his long-waited EU speech which outlined his vision for the future relationship between the UK and the EU.
His vision includes negotiating a “new settlement” for Britain in Europe, which will be put to voters in a referendum in 2017.
That will of course depends on whether his party wins the next general election again…
Curious enough, promising an EU referendum is not a new strategy for Mr. Cameron’s election agenda. In fact he already promised voters a referendum in the previous elections campaign but has yet to fulfill such promise.
Explaining his decision to delay the referendum to 2017, Mr. Cameron said “I understand the impatience of wanting to make that choice immediately. But I don’t believe that to make a decision at this moment is the right way forward, either for Britain or for Europe as a whole. A vote today between the status quo and leaving would be an entirely false choice.”
While Mr. Cameron is appealing in his speech to more conservative members of his party, he is also seem keen to assure pro-Europeans and EU partners that his goal is to ensure Britain remains a member of the EU, if the terms of membership are changed. Of course.
Mr. Cameron’s speech is, on the one hand, a brilliant kick-off to his re-election campaign. On the other it is a cynical abuse of the common values the EU is standing for.
If Mr. Cameron wants a referendum, now is the time. Keeping the EU hostage for several more years of doubts, threats of veto and calls for other exemptions, is simply not acceptable for us.
Now is the time Mr. Cameron, not 2015, or 2017!
Greetings from the European Parliament,
Lidia Geringer de Oedenberg