THE CASE FOR A REFERENDUM
It has been nearly 40 years since the British people last had their say on Europe. In that time, so much has changed - the countries involved, the powers devolved, the benefits and costs of membership. People feel that the EU is heading in a direction they never signed up for. It is right to negotiate a fresh settlement in the EU that is better for Britain - and then put the result to the British people in an in-out referendum by the end of 2017. This isn't just a Conservative campaign - it's for everyone who believes that we need a different relationship with the EU and that the British people deserve a say.
WHY WE NEED A REFERENDUM
- Europe has changed. More change is imminent.
- People feel that the EU is heading in a direction that they never signed up for.
- We need a fresh settlement that is better for Britain - based on fairness, flexibility and competitiveness.
- We should let the British people have their say on that new settlement through an in-out referendum by the end of 2017.
HOW WE CAN MAKE THIS HAPPEN
Currently, only one of the main three political parties believes the British people deserve a say on Europe: the Conservatives. They are bringing forward a draft bill to legislate for an in-out referendum before the end of 2017, following a renegotiation. This bill will need the support of either Labour or Lib Dem MPs to pass. Some issues are bigger than party politics. It's time to Let Britain Decide.