Isle MP, Andrew Percy, supported the passage of a Bill to deliver an in/out referendum on Britain’s membership of the European Union (EU) by 2017.
The MP supported a Private Members Bill in the House of Commons, tabled by Conservative MP, James Wharton. A referendum on Britain’s membership of the EU is backed by the Prime Minister and Conservative Party, but opposed by the Labour and Liberal Democrat leadership.
The European Union (Referendum) Bill passed Report Stage today and continues its passage through the House of Commons.
The MP has run a long campaign to give local people a say on our membership of the EU. In 2011 he was one of 81 Conservative MPs who voted for a referendum and has long argued the case.
The Conservative Party have additionally pledged a referendum on Britain’s membership of the EU in their 2015 general election manifesto.
Andrew Percy says, “I feel very strongly that people should get to vote on Britain’s membership of the EU, so it’s important this Bill passes through Parliament. It’s disgusting that the Labour and Lib Dem leadership want to stop residents having a say. They don’t trust local people.
“I know some people do not believe a referendum would ever happen and that is why I have already promised that if the Conservatives win a majority at the next election and, which I do not believe, did not provide a referendum, I would resign the Conservative whip in Parliament.
“Nobody under 56 has voted on our membership, and even then, back in 1975, people were voting on for a completely different kind of relationship with Europe than what we’ve ended up with. Residents have strong views on this issue so I’m proud to be standing up for them by backing a referendum.”