“The next Conservative Manifesto in 2015 will ask for a mandate from the British people for a Conservative Government to negotiate a new settlement with our European partners in the next Parliament.
It will be a relationship with the Single Market at its heart.
And when we have negotiated that new settlement, we will give the British people a referendum with a very simple in or out choice. To stay in the EU on these new terms; or come out altogether.
It will be an in-out referendum.”
So said David Cameron this morning in the key part of the speech that will make or break his premiership. Reaction was swift and mixed.
An In/Out referendum, no European demos, repatriation of power, unilaterally if necessary. This is David Cameron’s finest speech.
— Daniel Hannan (@DanHannanMEP) January 23, 2013
Cameron’s EU ‘promise’ is one of the most calculated, cynical and sinister moves I’ve seen in politics for a long time. Unbelievable.
— Dan Hutton (@dan_hutton) January 23, 2013
If @david_cameron wants flexibility with an in-out option, I can recommend a very attractive yoga teacher.
— Angela Merkel (not) (@Queen_Europe) January 23, 2013
Cameron’s referendum pledge won’t appease Europhobes. They’ll try to box him in further eg set conditions on what renegotiation must achieve
— Philippe Legrain (@plegrain) January 23, 2013
“@20m: Cameron preguntará a los británicos antes de 2017 si desean permanecer en la UE” Otro como Arturito Mas… que les den. Ya esta bien!
— Jose Miguel Galan (@jmgalan24) January 23, 2013
— Jean Rebuffat (@JeanRebuffat) January 23, 2013
— Peter Ehrlich (@PeterEhrlich) January 23, 2013