You are in danger of losing the plot here, we are in the EU simply because in 1975 the UK embraced Europe in referendum in which just over 67% of voters supported the Labour government's campaign to stay in the EEC, this was a large majority in the country's first nationwide referendum.
Now it appears that the UK Independence Party (UKIP), has launched its "let the people decide" campaign. They claim that if such a referendum were arranged today Britons would vote to leave the EU. In my opinion this is possible without losing the majority of our trading interest with the EU as Greenland went from being a full member of the EU as part of the Danish commonwealth to becoming a part of the Overseas Lands and Territories (OLT) grouping in 1985. Greenland's withdrawal meant no more EU access to Greenland's immense fishing territories but that it still retains favourable EU trading conditions.
What surprises me, and I still get surprises by the indolence of most people, is that even though the European Union has grown over the past 30 years and has widened and deepened to the point that no one could ever have expected at the time of the previous referendum in 1975 the British voters who obviously deserve a chance to reject or accept the continued Membership of the EU have not been allowed the opportunity to voice and opinion, despite Daisy Brown’s General Election Manifesto, in 2005 that, “We will put it to the British people in a referendum.” Could this be the same person who opened the back door to signing the Treaty of Lisbon?
The very same Daisy Brown who should have been publicly targeted by the UKIP, under its, "let the people decide" campaign. But as usually the signing away of our ancient rights passed us all bye like a damp squib in the night and New Labour were able to deceive us one more time. This should have been a golden opportunity for the UKIP, but merely demonstrated the extent of their commitment. As for the protestations of a fouled mouth, ever internally squabbling BNP, I ponder if they even knew to this day what Daisy did to the country while Griffin could have been on another champers street binge!
Just to rub it in a little but more how you were all caught with your pants down by Daisy Brown. “If we needed a referendum we would have one. But I think most people recognise that there is not a fundamental change taking place as a result of this amended treaty.” — Gordon Brown, The UK Prime Minister, interviewed by the BBC, 24th September 2007
However I believe that we all need to stand form on this issue as EU leaders are terrified that the new treaty would be rejected by many EU states if they allowed their electorates a say, and that is why they are opposed to holding referendums and listening to the voice of the people. French President, Nicolas Sarkozy, said in Strasbourg on 14 November, "France was just ahead of all the other countries in voting no. It would happen in all member states if they had a referendum. There is a cleavage between people and governments."
That sums it up precisely. EU leaders have met in secret like conspirators. They have not issued completed texts of the final documents for the public to see and consider, even though this transfer of sovereignty is of fundamental importance to every European. They know that Europeans will not accept something that has not been properly presented to them, and yet they are determined to go against the known wishes of the people of Europe.
What we are all faced with is the medieval practice of European legislation being decided behind closed doors, by the Council of Ministers, which are the EU’s supreme law-making body, and now which decides two thirds of all Britain’s laws Please people be aware that this is the only legislature outside the Communist dictatorships of North Korea and Cuba to pass laws in secret. WHY WHAT EXACTLY IS THE SINISTER PLOT THEY ARE HATCHING FOR US ALL TO SUFFER.
On 13 December 2007 all 27 EU leaders signed what was described as The Treaty of Lisbon. On 17 December the final text was published with the title, "Treaty of Lisbon amending the Treaty on European Union and the Treaty Establishing the European Community."
Could they have been more unhelpful? Of course, this is not the final change of name in this series. The Treaty of Lisbon itself changes the name of the Treaty Establishing the European Community to "Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union".
Never lose sight that if ratified, the Treaty of Lisbon will become the decisive act in this creation of a federal European superstate with its capital in Brussels. We in Britain would become a province and our great, "Mother of Parliaments," a regional assembly. And that’s humiliation for us British the final straw to break the back of this once proud nation. that gave the world English, the Magna Carta and our sacred Common Law, not forgetting standing alone and saving Western civilization in the Battle of Britain in 1940.
The admirable work of Brian Garrish, John Harries and Albert Burgess will simply be a puff of smoke, and we cannot allow that to happen and these men are our backbone!
Yet we still have time and we can make a difference by forcing parliament into amending the 1972 European Communities Act, the law under which Britain entered the community and its as simple as that! No more ifs and buts and huffing and puffing…just do it!
Before I finish ranting and rambling on, please let me give you an idea of how you have all sat back smuggling and been conned, openly and deliberately conned by your very own elected representatives whom you never even bothered to take to task!
"There are some in this country who fear that in going into Europe we shall in some way sacrifice independence and sovereignty. These fears, I need hardly say, are completely unjustified."–––––Prime Minister Edward Heath, television broadcast on Britain's entry into the Common Market, January 1973
This country quite voluntarily surrendered the once seemingly immortal concept of the sovereignty of parliament and legislative freedom by membership of the European Union ... as a once sovereign power, we have said we want to be bound by Community law.––––Judge Bruce Morgan, judgement in Sunderland metrication case April 9, 2001
The moment when our political leaders first took this fateful decision to conceal the real purpose of the European project from the British people was not, in fact, 1970 but ten years earlier when, in 1960, Harold Macmillan’s Government began discussing the dramatic reversal of national policy which was to lead to our first abortive application to join the Common Market.
This we can see from an illuminating book published in 1995 by Lionel Bell, The Throw That Failed, based on studying the Cabinet papers which reflected those discussions in the months leading up to our application in the summer of 1961. What was striking about the documents Bell uncovered was just how frank Macmillan and his colleagues had been in private, even at that early stage, over where the Common Market was heading. They were in little doubt it was intended to be just a first step towards eventual political and economic union. Yet this, they decided, should be kept hidden from the British people, because otherwise it would not be acceptable. The Common Market had to be presented as no more than a trading arrangement.
Even before the Treaty of Rome had been signed in 1957, the Foreign Office had been briefed to the effect that its six original signatories wanted:
“to achieve tighter European integration through the creation of European institutions with supranational powers, beginning in the economic field … the underlying motive of the Six is, however, essentially political”