Bill Cash, Conservative MP - Stone, has released a 'pamphlet' "It's the EU, Stupid" and posts on Conservative Home, the latter in which he writes:
"The question to be asked of the voters, which must be embedded in the Referendum Bill itself, should be on a simple majority whether they wish a) to leave the European Union or b) to renegotiate our relationship with the European Union into a trading association of nation states with political cooperation. This would present the voters with a clear choice and the outcome would depend on which of the two questions achieved more than 50% of those who voted."
It is in Cash's pamphlet that the term 'Eurorealist' appears, where Cash writes:
"There are those who would wish, as ever, to divide the Eurorealist movement – but the questions that need to be answered by them is who has been proved right over the years and in what respects have they been wrong? It would be helpful to say the least that if those who wish to divide the Eurorealists would come out with transparent and candid arguments and to say what they really want and to what extent they support Government policy and if so, why?"
There is no doubting Cash's detailed knowledge of matters EU, but it is intriguing that for one so anti-EU, or so he would have us believe, his name does not appear on the Better Off Out website, a fact I mentioned in this post.All of which leads me to believe that our William is about to 'Cash' in..........
Another politician who would have us believe he is anti-EU is Daniel Hannan, yet when provided with an opportunity to state that, it would appear he refuses so to do. I refer to this report in EurActiv in which he is quoted on Andrew Duff's call for the creation a bigger European budget, an EU treasury, a European Monetary Fund and sanctions for countries lacking budget discipline. Hannan is quoted thus:
"..that's their call. The only thing that is my immediate concern as a British representative – and this ought to apply to Andrew Duff, too, come to that – is to ensure that, if Britain is being asked to give its approval to fiscal union within EU legal structures, we get something in return."
Some may say I am being unfair to Hannan, who is a signatory to Better Off Out, but I would counter that the phrase "we get something in return" is hardly that of someone who professes to be anti-EU - more like someone who is prepared to accept this 'repatriation-thingy' which I have stated previously just ain't going to happen.
All this talk of repatriation of powers is, to a certain extent, empty rhetoric for two reasons; namely the EU would never agree and secondly, neither will Nick Clegg who is adamant there will be no such repatriation - which makes rather a mess of Cameron's Conservative motto of "In Europe, but not run by Europe", one which converts that to "In Europe, and kept there by the Liberal Democrats". So David Cameron is in power but not in power, in that he no longer governs this nation due to his acceptance of EU membership; and also what little he can do, he can't because of Nick Clegg.
It would seem that had we a Prime Minister who had a backbone; believed in his own nation and listened to it's people and adhered to his Privy Councillor Oath; an opportunity to walk away from the EU has been presented by Gerhard Schroeder who believes that "Great Britain causes the greatest problems..". Had we such a Prime Minister, instead of the present lily-livered, treasonous and therefore dictatorial office holder that we presently have, he would counter that by informing the EU that as we are not wanted, we're off!
It is regrettable that unfortunately we don't - and he won't!