You need to look beyond the superficial headlines to understand the con job afoot;
A historic referendum on Britain’s membership of the European Union came a massive step closer last night when MPs unanimously backed legislation to trigger the poll. Loud cheers echoed in the Commons when a total of 304 MPs voted in favour of a backbench private member’s Bill to hold an in-or-out EU referendum by the end of 2017. Not one vote was cast against as most Labour and Lib Dem MPs refused to turn up for the debate. After the result, David Cameron wrote on Twitter: “Referendum Bill passes first Commons stage, bringing us one step closer to giving the British people a say on Europe.”
This is all whimsy.
For starters, Labour and the Libdems are ferociously dedicated to keeping the UK mired in the EU and they took a dive on this vote, which is why only 304 out of 650 MP’s registered there view. Most didn’t vote – and THAT tells you all you need to know about the utter contempt they hold the public in.
However those who DID choose to vote in favour of the Referendum BIll are a very mixed bunch. David Cameron, for example, is on record saying he wants to see the UK remain with the EU, subject to him negotiating amended terms. Further, this Bill ONLY happens if the Conservative Party forms a majority government in 2015. That looks extremely unlikely.
So, when you reduce it down, it is cloak and mirrors and an attempt by the Conservatives to defuse the UKIP threat. The underlying cynicism is profound if predictable. In the very unlikely event of there being such a referendum, and Cameron still being PM, we would find the leaders of ALL three main parties represented at Westminster would campaign for us to stay IN.