MEP for Wales John Bufton in mass lobby of Parliament on Monday while MPs debate EU Referendum
• UKIP MEP for Wales is to join a mass lobby of Parliament in Westminster on Monday while MPs in Westminster debate whether or not the UK should hold its first referendum on its relationship with the EU in over 37 years.
The Conservative Party will operate a three line whip against having a referendum in the UK, despite the debate being triggered by more than 100,000 people signing a petition urging EU membership to be put to a public vote. The debate has been pulled forward by Prime Minister David Cameron in order that he and Foreign Secretary William Hague may attend.
The Labour Party are also said to be employing the three line whip against holding a referendum while all 57 Lib Dem MPs will also oppose the idea.
UKIP MEP John Bufton has called into question the legitimacy of a supposedly democratic government when elected politicians are forced to go against the will of the very people they purport to represent.
“This is not just about membership of the EU this is about people being given the right to discuss this issue and more widely, whether the voice of the electorate should be ignored on any topic.
“If reports are to be believed then both the Conservative Party and the Labour Party will be operating a three line whip against a referendum on EU membership on Monday, while the 57 Lib Dem MPs will also oppose the idea. What on earth does this say about democracy in this country?
“The debate for a referendum has been triggered after more than 100,000 have petitioned the government for a say on the UK’s relationship with the EU, upon which nobody under the age of 55 has been given the chance to voice an opinion. It would appear the Government are doing all they can to maintain this hugely unjust status quo.
“Last time I checked, ‘democracy’ was defined as a form of government in which all people have an equal say in the decisions that affect their lives, coming from the Greek terms “demos” (people) and “kratos” (power) in dēmokratía “rule of the people”. However in Westminster it would appear that the only people worth voicing an opinion are those elected members who are supposed to represent you and me.
“Essentially it signifies that this Government is an utter travesty and their rule an utter tragedy for the people of Britain who are effectively being wilfully gagged.
“It raises some serious questions about the very nature of the Government and should rightfully anger voters up and down the country, whether pro-EU or Eurosceptic. Ultimately the message is “your Government knows best.” Public opinion will be unscrupulously ignored.”
The lobby will take place on Monday 24th October. That day, the House of Commons will debate the following motion:
"This House calls upon the Government to introduce a bill in the next session of Parliament to provide for the holding of a National Referendum on whether the United Kingdom should remain a member of the European Union, leave the European Union, or renegotiate the terms of its membership in order to create a new relationship based on trade and cooperation."
UKIP are joining the People's Pledge in organising a mass Lobby of Parliament starting at 12.00 and carrying on throughout the afternoon while the MPs debate the motion inside.
Protestors will gather in Parliament Square (College Green) from mid-day.