by Sam Swerling.
David “Call me Dave” Cameron has certainly been less than candid about his public pronouncements over the future of the European Union and Britain’s place within it.
Cameron has told the nation in two recent related speeches that he plans to negotiate the repatriation of powers from Brussels and then hold an in/out referendum some time in 2017.
Why should we believe him?
He gave a cast-iron guarantee that the Lisbon Treaty (2007) would be made the subject of a referendum but then changed his mind, somewhat lamely on the grounds that most of its terms were now the law of the land.
Yet Cameron’s advisers must have pointed out to him that provisions in both the Amsterdam (1998) and Lisbon Treaty dictate that once the European Commission and Council of Ministers have assumed competence over areas of policy an ‘acquis communautaire’ arises whereby repatriation of any powers can only take place if the EU nations unanimously agree. This is simply not going to happen. Both Germany and France have already declared their opposition to any revision of the six treaties of the EU.
Cameron is unlikely to win the 2015 general election and even if he does he would find some way to persuade the people that he had done all in his powers and they should vote to stay in the EU.
The BDP deplores Cameron’s deviousness and knavish tricks.
We back the only way forward: an early referendum followed by legislation repealing the 1972 European Communities Act and Britain’s withdrawal so as to secure our sovereignty and democratic freedoms.