The prime minister's referendum plan is all about the Tories trying to hoodwink the voters into voting Tory in 2015, writes UKIP MEP Gerard Batten.
• David Cameron’s EU Referendum speech is a re-run of Harold Wilson’s 1975 referendum – only this time in slow motion.
Mr Wilson sought election in 1974 promising a referendum on continued membership of the European Economic Community.
He obtained some minor cosmetic concessions, and in 1975 told the British to vote ‘Yes’ to keep the Common Market. Mr Cameron hopes to repeat the same trick this time talking about preserving the ‘Single Market’.
Mr Cameron’s plan is just the latest in a long line of Tory con-tricks regarding the EU. What he outlined in his speech is unachievable. The EU will never agree to any meaningful reforms or significant return of powers to nation states.
Mr Cameron will seek a mandate to renegotiate in the General election of 2015. He then promises to put the results to a referendum in mid 2018. By that time Britain will have had hundreds more Rules, Regulations and Directives inflicted on it, and we will have opened our doors potentially to at least another 29 million migrants.
If Mr Cameron sincerely wanted to address the issue he would ask Parliament to authorise an In-or-Out referendum later this year or early next year. Britain could then decide if it wants to be a region of a United States of Europe or restore its status as an independent, democratic nation state.
This entire exercise is about the Tories trying to hoodwink the voters into voting Tory in 2015.
Of course Ed Miliband could spike his guns by offering a simple In-or-Out referendum on EU membership in his 2015 manifesto with a referendum in 2015/2016.
Whatever happens UKIP will continue to tirelessly campaign for Britain’s exit form the EU.