David Cameron Offers a Referendum on E.U. Membership After General Election

31456d78775c854eff3d80ee7c3fc38fcade David Cameron Offers a Referendum on E.U. Membership After General Election

British Prime Minister David Cameron
has given his long-awaited
speech on the U.K.’s relationship with the European
Union.  In the speech Cameron addressed the frustrations many
British people have with the E.U., namely its undemocratic nature,
its bureaucracy, and its concentration of power. However, despite
the level of frustration many in the U.K. have with the E.U. David
Cameron did not offer a referendum in this parliament, only
promising a referendum on the U.K.’s renegotiated membership of the
E.U. if there is a Conservative government after 2015: 
The next Conservative manifesto in 2015 will ask for a mandate
from the British people for a Conservative government to negotiate
a new settlement with our European partners in the next
parliament.
It will be a relationship with the single market at its
heart.
And when we have negotiated that new settlement, we will give
the British people a referendum with a very simple in or out
choice. To stay in the EU on these new terms, or come out
altogether.
It will be an in-out referendum.
Legislation will be drafted before the next election. And if a
Conservative government is elected we will introduce the enabling
legislation immediately and pass it by the end of that year. And we
will complete this negotiation and hold this referendum within the
first half of the next parliament.
What this means is that the British people will get to vote on
British membership of the E.U. under renegotiated terms sometime
between 2015 and 2017, assuming that the Conservatives win the next
general election and David Cameron stands by what he said earlier
today.Unfortunately for Eurosceptics, it is
far from obvious that the Conservative Party will be able to
form a government after the next general election.The Heritage Foundation’s Nile
Gardiner thinks that Cameron offering a referendum is a
testament to the influence of the United Kingdom Independence Party
(UKIP), or as he calls it, “The British Tea Party.” No doubt UKIP’s
growing support was a factor in making Cameron finally speak out on
the European issue.However, UKIP are unlikely to be appeased. As their leader Nigel
Farage said earlier today, five years is a long time to wait, and
the renegotiation of the U.K.’s membership of the E.U. should be
happening now:

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David Cameron Offers a Referendum on E.U. Membership After General Election

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