The British Prime Minister, David Cameron, has been facing considerable pressure to hold a referendum on the UK’s position in Europe. He has stated the Conservatives would offer “real change” and “real choice” on this issue. Cameron told the nation that he wants to remain part of Europe but there is a strong need to redefine their relationship – especially with recent moves towards further integration by countries using the single currency (the Euro).
However, the Obama administration has expressed a lot of concern about the potential impacts of holding this referendum and the UK’s future relationship with the EU. This stance was supported by a senior official in the US Senate Department, Philip Gordon, who declared that a “strong British voice within the EU” is in the interest of the American people. He went on to say that he “welcomes an outward-looking EU with Britain in it.” with fear that a referendum would turn the UK “inwards”
There is strong concern that internal debate and referendums within the EU will create a disunited union. A disunited union could ultimately create a political mess, both for the UK and the USA. This is David Cameron’s view on the subject (watch if you want to know the debate in more depth!):
What are your thoughts on the subject?
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Yes the UK should hold a referendum, even if it’s just to stop the never-ending whining about the EU that goes on in the UK.
As for Obama and the US, who cares what they say or think, it’s none of their business what the EU or the UK does.
(not that it will stop them, interfering in other countries business is in Book 1 of the US manual)
I’m torn on this kind of politicking – for that’s what it surely is. Referendums are theoretically a fine democratic tool, insofar as a democratic government ought to listen to and act upon the views of its electorate. Thing is, I can’t see Cameron touting, never mind following thru with a referendum unless he believes it will deliver the result he wants, and traditionally the Tory party has been overwhelmingly Euro-sceptic. I think a withdrawal from the EU would be a disaster for Britain. Politically and socially, all countries these days need to be thinking globally. The UK simply doesn’t have the manufacturing and energy-producing resources to ‘go it alone’ so I see political ties with our neighbours as essential.
Anti-European sentiment here – of late, anyway – seems mostly to be rooted in the problem (some) Brits have with policy being lead (dictated) by Brussels. I take the view that I either agree with policy or not – whosoever created such policy is irrelevent. The European Court of Human Rights comes in for inordinate flak in this respect. Those bristling at human rights policy seem mostly to be those who take their human rights for granted – i.e. straight, white exponents of the patriarchy and their cohorts. This seems like a bad basis to be anti-Europe to me.
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