Mike has written to the Prime Minister to request a national referendum on the United Kingdom’s membership of the European Union.
The letter, which has been signed by around 100 other MPs, argues that “there is a consistent majority in this country who believe that the European Union meddles too much in our everyday lives” and that “the cost of membership is far too high”. The letter states that the Government should pass a law to guarantee that a referendum will be held after the 2015 general election.
Mike has consistently argued for the need to hold a referendum. At the general election, he publicly declared his support for a referendum. Last year, he signed the People’s Pledge in support of a referendum and then joined 80 Conservative colleagues in voting in favour of a referendum in a debate that followed a petition that was signed by over 100,000 people.
Commenting, Mike said, “At the last general election I promised to support a referendum. By writing to the Prime Minister I am sticking to that promise. It has been over 37 years since anyone voted on our membership of the Common Market and since then the organisation has evolved and vastly expanded through several treaties to become the European Union. I think it’s about time that the public are given their chance to have their say to finally resolve this issue and restore faith in our democracy. It is what the people want – politicians need to listen to them.”