EVESHAM’S MP has blasted the EU as ‘too big,’ ‘too bossy,’ and ‘too interfering’ and claimed the Prime Minister can achieve a ‘genuine’ reform deal.
In a debate on the European Union in Parliament last Tuesday (December 5), Nigel Huddleston asked David Cameron whether it was right to hand more powers to what the Evesham MP called an ‘unelected’ and ‘unaccountable’ overseas body.
The debate was held following the Prime Minister’s statement on talks held with European leaders in Brussels, as Mr Cameron attempts to renegotiate Britain’s membership of the EU before an in-out referendum is held by the end of 2017.
The debate came after the Conservative leader also announced Government ministers will be able to campaign to stay or leave the EU.
In response to Mr Huddleston’s question, David Cameron said: “We have never believed in ever closer union or in a political superstate. That is not what we want.
“I want to give the British people a very clear choice. We can be in Europe for the trade and co-operation and the security that we require, but we do not want to be part of some federalising project.
“I think that while we are out of the Euro and out of Shengen, and not having to be part of those supranational things, we will get a good deal.”
Following the debate, Evesham’s MP said many of the town’s residents have contacted him with concerns about the direction in which the EU appears to be travelling in.
“I believe that currently the EU is heading in a direction we never signed up to – it’s too big, too bossy and too interfering. I was pleased therefore to hear David Cameron’s commitment to achieving an opt out for the UK on ever closer union,” Mr Huddleston said.
“I believe the UK can achieve a genuine, lasting reform that benefits not just the British people, but people across Europe as well.
“Following the renegotiation, when everything has been done to reach a new settlement that maximises the benefits of membership for the UK, the British people will have a genuine choice in the form of a referendum – and I shall be voting in whatever way I believe is in the UK’s best economic interests,” he added.