Conservatives can win the right deal for Britain in Europe
Monday, 28th January 2013
Letter to London local newspapers
The Prime Minister's promise to hold an "In-Out" referendum on Britain's membership of the European Union in the first half of the next Parliament will be welcomed by the many voters I meet who are worried about European political integration. Representing London in Brussels and Strasbourg, I am struck by the determination of politicians from other EU countries to build what Manuel Barroso, President of the European Commission, calls a federation of nation states.
The challenge now for the Prime Minister is to reach a deal for Britain which returns powers to British voters and to Parliament at Westminster. To do that we will need your input: if you feel strongly about any aspect of your life or work that has become governed by Europe when it should be a matter for British politicians, please write to me at the address below or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I share the Prime Minister's confidence of persuading our European partners to see our point of view. We can get the right deal for Britain in Europe. But if we don't get the right deal, the British people can choose to leave or stay in the European Union if they wish.
Conservative MEP for London