Rosie Cooper MP

Working hard for the people of West Lancashire

25/10/11 - EU Referendum vote

In response to supporting the motion for a national vote on the European Union, West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper said:


"It is important to remember why this issue was being debated in the House of Commons.  Over 100,000 members of the British public put their name to a petition calling for this referendum.  It was the Conservative-led Government that introduced the e-petition system to allow people to have their say and have some influence in the democratic process.


"It is clear to me on the issue of the European Union there is massive disillusionment amongst people and they feel there is a need to take a step back and have a look at how our relationship with Europe works.


"Personally, I am a pro-European and believe that our economic future lies with Europe.  In UK exports the EU takes 54%, about 3.5 million jobs rely on our trade with Europe.  I supported this motion though because I am pro-democracy.


“Monday night’s vote was non-binding decision on the government.  However, it was an opportunity though for the British public to see if their representatives were listening on this fundamental national issue.


"According to a Guardian/ICM poll 70% of the British public want a vote on our membership of the European Union.  


"It is a shame that this debate was turned into a return to the bad old days of Conservative Party splits and internal fighting rather than concentrating on the real frustrations of our constituents when it comes to the European Union.”


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