I've heard this bollocks from the Tories for over 20 years, and it's getting very very boring. They still continue to integrate further our country into the EU whilst trying to pretend otherwise; even as late as last Monday - when the press obsession with the Murdoch fallout continued - the Tories quietly agreed to opt-in to yet another EU law:
That this House takes note of European Union Documents No. 10610/11 and Addenda 1 and 2 relating to the Draft Directive establishing minimum standards on the rights, support and protection of victims of crime, No. 10613/11 and Addenda 1 and 2 relating to the Draft Regulation on mutual recognition of protection measures in civil matters, No. 10612/11 and Addenda 1 and 2 relating to a Commission Communication–strengthening victims’ rights in the EU and the unnumbered Explanatory Memorandum dated 16 May 2011 relating to a Council Resolution on a Roadmap for strengthening the rights and protection of victims, in particular in criminal proceedings; and welcomes the opportunity to consider views on whether the UK should opt in to the draft Directive establishing minimum standards on the rights, support and protection of victims and the Draft Regulation on mutual recognition of protection measures in civil matters.The problem for the Tories is that the world and the EU has moved on - integration continues apace against the will of 'EU citizens'; it's no longer as easy as it once was to hide our real government, and being out of touch with its own members has had its consequences, notwithstanding the obvious consequence of a rise in euroscepticism, from all sides of the political spectrum, as the project ever more reveals itself.
The EU's demise is inevitable and our exit in one form or another is also inevitable. By clinging on to a failed 20th century ideology the Tories are sowing the seeds of their complete destruction.
John Major greatly damaged the Tory party passing the Maastricht Treaty, and it seems that his successors are keen to finish off the job. With the demise of the EU will be the destruction of its greatest cheerleader - the Tories - and when it comes, it will be good riddance to them both.