Tuesday, 18 September 2012

Rebel MEP leads calls for an EU referendum

POLITICAL renegade Nikki Sinclaire MEP has launched a new party in an attempt to force the UK government to hold a referendum on Europe. 

The 44-year-old rebel has launched the “We Demand A Referendum” movement with the sole manifesto of forcing a straight In-Out decision on the UK’s membership of the EU.

It comes on the heels of a startling YouGov opinion poll which revealed more than half of Britons wanted a referendum.

“Call me a defector, call me a revolutionary, call me what you will – I’m simply following the will of the people who are demanding a referendum on Europe,” declared the Midlands MEP.

“This isn’t simply a new political party – this is movement– and it is one that David Cameron and the whole of Westminster must listen to, because we are speaking for the people.”

Sinclaire has delivered two petitions with 220,000 signatures to Number 10 – the most recent being only last week with the names of 100,000 people backing the call for some decision-making over the UK being in the European Union.

The MEP, who defected from the UK Independence Party to stand independently, was joined outside Number 10 by former The Apprentice star Katie Hopkins who will be enlisted as one of the first to stand as a We Demand A Referendum candidate in the 2014 elections.

It is expected the movement will have candidates for all 73 UK seats.

“The government is frightened of asking the question of whether we want to be in Europe or not because they are afraid of the answer they may receive from the British public,” said Mrs Hopkins.