VICTORIA CONFIRMS SUPPORT FOR ‘CONSERVATIVES FOR REFORM IN EUROPE’
Victoria Prentis, Member of Parliament for North Oxfordshire, writes about her support for ‘Conservatives for Reform in Europe’ ahead of the referendum on Britain’s membership of the EU.
As some of my constituents may already know, two weeks ago I signed a letter in the The Telegraph as a founding supporter of Conservatives for Reform in Europe (CRE). This group believes that it is in Britain’s national interest to remain a member of a reformed European Union. It is clear that there is a strong appetite for reforming our relationship with Europe, and I fully support the Prime Minister’s ongoing renegotiation efforts.
Yesterday the Prime Minister unveiled a draft of his proposed reforms to Britain’s membership of the EU. The proposals include exempting Britain from ever-closer union, protecting the UK from discrimination outside the Eurozone, returning power to national parliaments, and applying an immediate brake to benefit payments for EU migrants. These proposals address my key concerns about the EU.
The reforms are substantial and would redefine the UK’s relationship with Europe. I believe that a strong Britain in a reformed Europe would give us the best of both worlds. We would be outside the Euro and protected from deeper integration, but able to access the Single Market. We would remain in the world’s greatest trading bloc, but still be outside the Schengen area, and so able to maintain our borders.
It is for these reasons that I will be campaigning for Britain to remain a member of the EU in the upcoming referendum. I want to make it absolutely clear from the outset that I respect everyone’s views, on all sides of this debate.
It is important that the country engages in a thorough and courteous discussion about Britain’s relationship with Europe before the referendum. Once the date of the vote has been set, I will have the same right as every member of the electorate to decide the United Kingdom’s future. I sincerely hope that all of my constituents will engage in this process.
You can read the letter I signed in The Telegraph here.
Victoria Prentis MP (3 February 2016)