Wednesday, 9 February 2011

Battle Bus hits Westminster, tomorrow and Friday


West Midlands’ independent MEP, Nikki Sinclaire, is bringing her ‘Have Your Say’ Battle Bus to the Houses of Parliament on 10th and 11th February. Since September of last year, the Battle Bus has visited over 30 towns and cities across the country. Ms Sinclaire’s aim is to get 100K signatures for her EU referendum petition.

She wants to give British people the chance to say ‘yes’ or ‘no’ to being part of the European Union. Anyone under the age of 54 has never had the chance to vote on this issue which Nikki believes is wrong. The last time the UK held a referendum on the Common Market, at it was then known, was in 1975 – and even this was retrospective.

The aim of bringing the Battle Bus to Westminster is to get MPs from all parties to sign the petition and encourage them to get their constituents to back the referendum too.

Despite the fact that, if successful, the campaign outcome could put her out of a job, Nikki thinks people have the right to decide. Commenting on the campaign, she said:

"This is an issue that must be resolved for over 20 years the debate has raged. In that time opinion polls have shown that more and more people are opposed to Britain's membership of the EU. We desperately need a national debate on the pros and cons of our membership of the European Union. At the moment we have one foot in and one foot out. This is detrimental to Britain's interests.  I call on a binding referendum and the courage of our political leaders to abide by it. It is called democracy and that is why I am taking my battle bus to the mother of parliaments in Westminster "

Nikki Sinclaire and her Battle Bus team will be located in Old Palace Yard, Westminster (Opposite Palace of Westminster), SW1P 3JY from 9am to 5pm each day.