Bill Cash is the Member of Parliament for Stone.
Ahead of the EU summit tomorrow, I and other Select Committee Chairmen and prominent eurosceptics from the new parliamentary intake have re-introduced a Bill in the House of Commons to require approval by Referendum and an Act of Parliament for provisions leading to fiscal union or economic governance within the Eurozone.
The European Union Act 2011 (Amendment) Bill has been presented by myself and other MPs, including Bernard Jenkin, John Whittingdale, John Redwood, John Baron, Greg Knight, Graham Stuart, Richard Shepherd, Jacob Rees-Mogg, Chris Heaton-Harris, Zac Goldsmith and Peter Bone.
The issue on the table for tomorrow at the summit includes proposals for a fiscal union within the eurozone. This emphatically and deliberately would not be put to a Referendum under the European Union Act 2011. It is deliberately excluded under Section 4 of that Act. That is why I re-introduced a Bill today to require such a Referendum.
I have already made clear that allowing Eurozone Member States to go ahead towards fiscal union and economic governance creates two Europes, to which the United Kingdom would remain bound by Treaty and law, though they are built on sand. The future of the United Kingdom is at stake – democratically, politically and economically. The European Union is a failed project and as George Osborne has indicated, the problems of the Eurozone are undermining our economy. It is destroying our democracy and it will only get worse.