|Jenkin highlights importance of EU referendum for UK economy|
|Friday, 21 October 2011 14:36|
During House of Commons business questions on Thursday 20th October, Bernard Jenkin MP welcomed the forthcoming debate on a motion calling for a referendum on the UK's relationship with the EU. He argued that this issue overlapped with the Government's core goal of economic recovery.
Mr Jenkin asked: "May I welcome the words of the Leader of the House on the importance of e-petitions leading to debates such as the one on Hillsborough? Does he agree that that also applies to the debate on the referendum, which he has brought forward to Monday? I welcome the fact that the Government have elevated the importance of that debate and recognise how important it is that the Foreign Secretary attends. Does the Leader of the House not also agree that these issues overlap with the core purpose of the coalition, which is deficit reduction and the need to obtain growth, and that growth can be revived in this country only if we are able to deregulate our economy and therefore renegotiate our relationship with the EU?"
The Leader of the House, Sir George Young, replied: "We are committed to an agenda of deregulation. For example, there is the one-in, one-out rule; there is a deregulation unit working at the moment to see what further deregulation can be introduced; and we are working on the agenda of the report by Lord Young, introduced a year ago. I see no reason why we should not continue with that agenda and still remain full members of the European Union."