In summary: A Conservative Government will never allow us to become part of a federal Europe and we have devised a series of specific measures which protect Britain from this happening in future. We will seek a mandate from the British people to implement these measures at the forthcoming General Election.
Full speech PDF.
This is what many have been struggling to say for the last couple of days against the tsunami of misinformed, mischievous and downright lying rants against David Cameron, not least from Labour and UKIP. I compared their squawking to wanting to have a referendum last week's football results, DC has used the rising sun....same difference.
"We cannot hold a referendum and magically make those posts – or the Lisbon Treaty itself – disappear, any more than we could hold a referendum to stop the sun rising in the morning."
Exactly. This is what needed to be drummed home; that said, I think the expenses saga and the economy will, despite the contrived hoohah this week, dominate the thoughts of hoi polloi come voting time.
The decision to promise, and then deny, a referendum was taken by Tony Blair and Gordon Brown.
The betrayal was backed and matched by the Liberal Democrats.
Another vitally important point and pissing on the fireworks of those that say Lisbon means no further treaties so a referendum on future treaties is not worth anything David Cameron had this to say: a Conservative Government will change the law so that the British people have to give their consent in a referendum to any future transfer of power.[Link]
People are fed up with the endless lies and spin, they just want to know what we can achieve and how. That is what I will deliver.
What I am promising today is doable, credible, deliverable.
Good enough for me...
Never again should it be possible for a British government to transfer power to the EU without the say of the British people.
Hat tip and PDF source: Conservative Home.