Do we need a referendum on the EU?
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David Cameron has refused a referendum over the issue of the EU, because he doesn’t believe an in/out referendum is what we want. Instead, he suggests that the future of the relationship needs to be decided after the instability has been resolved, as only then can we begin to assess future implications. Pressure is mounting from the Tories to promise a referendum after the next general election and public outcry is deafening. Do we need a referendum? Yes. There’s no need to act hastily – the referendum doesn’t have to be tomorrow. I’m not signing us up to leaving the EU or suggesting separation is best – in fact, I agree with David. It would be rash to make any significant decisions. The time is too unsettled, the Eurozone is too turbulent, and none of us can predict accurately where the EU will be in the next five or ten years, possibly even less. But the relationship does need to be examined.
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