UK Politics

The LibDem Flip-Flop on a European Referendum

15 Jan 2013 at 10:00

The hypocrisy of the LibDems can be truly astonishing. I suppose that is a statement of the bleeding obvious, but on Europe it is simply breathtaking. The way they are talking about David Cameron’s as yet unnannounced plans for a European referendum, you’d think he was announcing a slaughter of the first born. They seem to conveniently forget that until not that long ago, they were arguing in favour of a full In-Out referendum. Now it seems to me that if you were in favour of an In-Out referendum from 2005-2009, you ought to be now. The arguments in favour of one haven’t changed at all. Every LibDem should be challenged on this. Nick Clegg was challenged on this on the Today Programme this morning and wasn’t convincing in his answer. Listen HERE to his response.

Let’s remember his was what the last LibDem manifesto on Europe said…

The European Union has evolved significantly since the last public vote on membership over thirty years ago. Liberal Democrats therefore remain committed to an in/out referendum the next time a British government signs up for a fundamental change in the relationship between the UK and the EU.

Which, strangely enough is now Conservative policy, disavowed by the LibDems.

We all knew the LibDems’ support for a referendum a few years ago was only skin deep. At the time all they wanted was to embarrass the Conservatives and Labour. Now, all they are trying to do is score points off David Cameron. Shameless politics, and another reason why their support is going down the toilet.

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