not convinced by this duff EU deal' - Burnham MP James Heappey
MP says he is not convinced by the "duff" deal on EU
reform announced by the Prime Minister this week.
Heappey has spoken out on the controversial proposals, which pave
the way for the UK's EU referendum to be held in June.
says: "Tuesday was supposed to be the day that it all started
to become clear. Since the referendum was announced, Ive
been one of those fence-sitters saying that Im waiting for
the detail of the renegotiation. I meant it, too. Im mildly
eurosceptic but see some advantage to our EU membership. I went
to Brussels recently with the Energy Select Committee and was
affronted by the scale of the Commission and its #TeamJuncker
banners, but not enough to go home and dream of razing the place
to the ground. I see both advantage and peril in the free movement
of people. And whilst I loathe the regulatory interference, I
love the common market as do hundreds of businesses in
deal presented this week has not won me over. That well
not have to bail out the Eurozone is a good thing and so is the
recognition that we dont want ever closer union. But the
red card seems like a bit of a nonsense; restoring sovereignty
to our Parliament surely means that we can vote something down
because it is not in the UKs interest alone, not that we
need to somehow build a consensus of 55 per cent of other EU parliaments.
In any case, Id hope that if opposition to something proposed
by the Commission was that widespread it would already be brought
down through the Council or the European Parliament. The emergency
brake seems a bit of a duff too and a long way from the
aim we set out in our manifesto."
the next stop is the Leave Campaign HQ to get myself some leaflets
to deliver in Somerset, right?"
no, actually because watching the Leave campaigns at work is rather
like watching one or all of the England football, rugby or cricket
teams at their last World Cup. Theyve been training for
this for their whole careers, they know the game inside out and
backwards and they have the ability to win but instead they cant
quite work out what the tactics are. They seem flat, disjointed
and, frankly, uninspired. A first round departure from the tournament
seems possible in that neither of the campaigns might end up being
selected by the Electoral Commission to contest the knockout games
cannot speak for all voters but I do feel that just because the
Prime Ministers deal isnt quite as much as many of
us had hoped for, it doesnt automatically mean that we become
Leave voters by default. The Leave campaigns need to be wrestled
from the hands of the Euronerds and the zealots and a positive,
inspiring vision for the UK outside the EU needs to be advanced
by people who have represented the UK in business and in politics
on the global stage."
suspect like many, if I am left in doubt, I will do the safe thing
and vote to remain. In doing so, I would be voting for a new settlement
that is way short of what I hoped for and I fear it would encourage
the EU to do all sorts of crazy things as they confuse a reluctant
vote to remain as a mandate for more from Brussels."
on the fence is getting uncomfortable. The argument to leave could
be so appealing but it doesnt seem to be being made anywhere
outside of UKIP rallies and branch meetings. Some of my colleagues
have waited their whole career for this opportunity. I implore
them not to let it slip through their fingers but to find people
and a message that will inspire confidence in a vote to leave."
football, rugby and cricket teams can have another go in four
years. This question wont get asked again for another forty."