The UK Parliamentary Representative System provides no coherent policy regarding the EU other than allowing our representatives to be able to avoid asking the electorate to choose whether the UK integrates more closely with the EU or proceeds to extract itself. The question of continued membership of the EU is never a major manifesto issue during the UK General Election for the three major political parties with any realistic hopes to form UK government.
The UK Government sought the approval of the people over 18 to have the UK stay in the “Common Market” by holding a referendum in 1975.
35 years later most people under the age of 55 have not had an opportunity to vote for a realistic government to make a choice in whether the UK should stay in or out of the EU.
If it was thought good enough to ask the electorate whether to stay in the ‘Common Market’ in 1975, it make absolute sense to ask the British Electorate the same question as to UK membership of the “EU” now especially so when the electorate are seeing themselves deal with £6bn worth of cuts in 2011/12 but the UK Government have to agree to stump up an extra £400m to the EU Budget during the same financial year.
The UK should hold a referendum on continued membership of the EU – NOW – and hold a new referendum every 35 years regarding the EU and UK membership if we remain in the EU … without fail!
That would be truly democratic.