Lies, Damn Lies, and Cast-Iron Guarantees

This was the 26th September 2007 text of David Cameron’s famous cast-iron guarantee for an EU Referendum published to Sun readers.

“The final reason we must have a vote is trust. Gordon Brown talks about “new” politics.  But there’s nothing “new” about breaking your promises to the British public. It’s classic Labour. And it is the cancer that is eating away at trust in politics.  Small wonder that so many people don’t believe a word politicians ever say if they break their promises so casually.  If you really want to signal you’re a break from the past, Prime Minister, do the right thing – give the people the referendum you promised.

“Today, I will give this cast-iron guarantee: If I become PM a Conservative government will hold a referendum on any EU treaty that emerges from these negotiations.  No treaty should be ratified without consulting the British people in a referendum.”

David Cameron could not have been clearer. Yet he did not “do the right thing.” He broke his cast-iron guarantee promise of a referendum on the Lisbon Treaty.

The claim that the treaty was ratified just before he became PM and therefore he could not hold a referendum simply does not wash in the light of his exact words set out above.  The UK referendum of 1975 is a precedent on this, as it was a post-legislative referendum held to gauge support for the country’s continued membership of the European Economic Community (EEC), which we had already entered in 1973 under the pro EEC Conservative government of Edward Heath.

Labour, the Conservatives and the Liberal Democrats all promised a referendum on whether to ratify the EU Constitution in their 2005 general election manifestos. They all knew without a shadow of a doubt that this matter needed to be resolved by the British people in a referendum. But all have since been in office and all have failed to deliver. As my wife often tells me, if someone shows you what they are like – believe them.

As to David Cameron’s first paragraph in his cast-iron guarantee statement, could there possibly be a more blatant case of “pot, kettle, black”?

Pro EU Cameron and his pro EU Conservative Party cannot be trusted on their pledge of a referendum in 2017. None of the three main pro EU parties can be trusted. The Lib/Lab/Con parties are infatuated with the EU. No matter what they have promised the British electorate, they are not going to give the British a vote on the EU if they think they are going to lose. And they are pretty sure they will lose.

In the meantime, at the end of this month, on the same day our borders are fully opened to the 29 million citizens of Romania and Bulgaria, a further major loss of British sovereignty will occur under this Lisbon Treaty that Cameron has denied us a vote on.

From 1st January, the monstrously costly European Union bureaucracy will see an end to a requirement of unanimity on decisions by the Council of Ministers to be replaced by a new system of ‘qualified majority voting’ in almost every policy area outside taxation and foreign policy. Britain will now always be bound by a continental majority. The populations of Germany, France, Italy and Spain are such, that under the new system these four alone already will always have over 50% of the vote and Britain is further destined to be in a permanent statistical minority.

The three main pro EU Lib/Lab/Con parties are all the same, save the odd pedantic point here and a load of rhetoric there. They offer the electorate no choice, it doesn’t matter which gets in. But now the electorate does have a choice – increasingly when they vote UKIP, they are actually getting UKIP. Starting with the European elections in 2014, every election will give them a referendum to say a clear “NO” to the EU. We must be ready to build on that momentum in the run up to the General Election and make 2015 a “Night of the Long Purple UKIP Knives.” It will be a bloodless revolution, but we must get our message across clear and wide and take as many scalps as we can.

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