Evennett backs EU referendum plan

David Evennett, MP for Bexleyheath and Crayford, has welcomed the commitments made by the Prime Minister in a speech this morning in respect of Britain’s future relationship with the European Union.

David Cameron announced that he will seek to negotiate a new settlement focused on powers returning to Member States, competitiveness, fairness and respect for national democracies. Fresh consent will be sought from the British people for this new deal, with a pledge that if the Conservatives win the next General Election an in/out referendum will be held, asking if we should remain in the EU under the new terms, or leave altogether.

Mr Evennett said “The European Union is changing due to the ongoing financial and economic crisis amongst members of the single currency. This has led to serious questions being raised about the future of the EU and Britain’s role. It is in Britain’s best interests that negotiations take place to bring back powers from Brussels and make Europe more competitive.

Public disillusionment with the EU is at an all-time high and many believe that it is heading in a direction that was never agreed by the British people. I therefore welcome the announcement that if the Conservatives win the next General Election that a referendum will be held in the next Parliament once negotiation has taken place. The public must then have their say on Britain’s future membership.

The choice at the next General Election will be clear. Only a Conservative Government can deliver the referendum that the British people want.”