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Bernard Jenkin MP: The EU crisis. An opportunity for a fundamental renegotiation – or should we just start the No campaign now?

Today I wrote a piece about the Euro crisis, last week's EU Council meeting and the upcoming EU referendum in the UK. There is an extract below, for the full article please visit Conservative Home, a site focusing on Conservative politics.

Today I wrote a piece about the Euro crisis, last week's EU Council meeting and the upcoming EU referendum in the UK. There is an extract below, for the full article please visit Conservative Home, a site focusing on Conservative politics.

The Prime Minister always makes a statement to Commons after an European Union summit.  The UK position in the EU is at a critical point.  This deserves some comment – even though today we will be preoccupied with the aftermath of the atrocities in Tunisia and France, and with what to do about ISIS.

Friday also saw the second ever largest ISIS massacre in Syria, in which 146 people were killed.  Russia continues to fuel civil war in Ukraine without restraint.  Political failure, extreme poverty, and the spread of terrorist extremism and conflict is driving tens of thousands of migrants to risk their lives to flee to our continent.  It is events such as these which are shaping our world, and threatening the freedom, security and prosperity of every European, leaving the EU looking hopelessly self-absorbed.

The EU is now facing a crisis of its own irrelevance, as well as the Euro crisis, which is of its own making. If David Cameron is serious about his pre-election Commons commitment, “to reform the EU and fundamentally change Britain’s relationship with it”, and about his desire, set out in the Commons earlier this month, to see “British judges making decisions in British courts, and the British Parliament being accountable to the British people”, then now is the moment to make these demands clear.  But where is the evidence that the Government is trying to achieve these things?

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What sort of relationship should the UK have with the European Union?

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a) Full membership of the EU b) In a “common market” (free trade area) c) Outside the EU altogether
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4th February 2015
  • a) Full membership of the EU 40.1%
  • b) In a “common market” (free trade area) 24.1%
  • c) Outside the EU altogether 35.8%