Last week was a tough one for the Prime Minister. At Davos he reiterated his commitment to staying in the EU, which won’t surprise anyone. He also had to wave off criticism from business leaders who are upset that he stands by his offer of an In/Out EU referendum, like Sir Martin Sorrell of the WPP Group who urged him to drop the referendum promise.
The British Bankers Association also urged David Cameron to focus his attention and resources to rebuilding ties with the EU. This follows on the defeat of Britain’s legal challenge in the European Court of Justice, in which the Court held that an EU finance watchdog would be able to ban short-selling, upsetting many a City banker.
Meanwhile, the Lords have been busy demolishing Wharton’s EU Referendum Bill with extensive speeches, attempting to talk the Bill out of time. A Labour peer, Lord Foulkes, spoke in a Scottish dialect called Doric to press his point that the referendum ought to be offered in Gaelic languages. A particularly damaging amendment obligates the Government to produce an Impact Assessment of the costs of leaving the EU.
It is interesting to see some of the unelected politicians in the House of Lords, and the so-called representatives of the working class that is the Labour Party, as well as certain sectors of big business, all joining forces to oppose the In/Out referendum that the Great British Public clearly want. This clearly isn’t democracy. They are terrified of the prospect of Britain leaving the EU and they will do everything in their power to stop the people having their say.
Acting Campaign Manager