"I believe that our renegotiation objectives have been substantially though not completely achieved, and that the government would recommend a vote in favour of continued membership". Harold Wilson 11 March 1975
If we left the European Union, it would be a one-way ticket, not a return.That's not true, we can rejoin under Article 49 of the Lisbon Treaty.
The full transcript is here. The key promise (if you don't want to read through all the waffle) is:
The next Conservative Manifesto in 2015 will ask for a mandate from the British people for a Conservative Government to negotiate a new settlement with our European partners in the next Parliament.It begs a number of questions:
It will be a relationship with the Single Market at its heart.
And when we have negotiated that new settlement, we will give the British people a referendum with a very simple in or out choice. To stay in the EU on these new terms; or come out altogether. It will be an in-out referendum.
Legislation will be drafted before the next election. And if a Conservative Government is elected we will introduce the enabling legislation immediately and pass it by the end of that year. And we will complete this negotiation and hold this referendum within the first half of the next parliament.
If Cameron can't (which he won't) negotiate a new settlement, then do we still have a referendum or do we leave anyway?The whole thing is one damn fudge to keep us in.
What if he can't get all of his demands, do we still get a referendum on say for example only one power returned, of half of them or three-quarters?
What if there's no new EU Treaty for Cameron to threatened to veto within the next Parliament and so no opportunity arises for negotiation does that mean no referendum?