Cllr Paul V. Greenall began his political life in the Referendum Party in the 1990s and has been a Conservative member of West Lancashire District Council since 2001. In this article, he presents a three-point plan to fight Labour over their EU lies.
The recent comparison by Labour’s Chairman of the Commons European Scrutiny Committee, of Labour’s handling of the EU “Reform Treaty” to Neville Chamberlain’s return from Munich, may have offended David Miliband’s sensitivities, but it was largely accurate. After all, Brown’s deferential approach towards the EU in 2007 did invoke memories of poor old Chamberlain’s efforts to avoid war in 1938. And by all accounts, the “red lines” that Brown waved upon his return from Lisbon are about as much use as the piece of paper that Chamberlain waved upon his return from Munich. However, whilst the EU might want to proclaim “success in our time” and Brown “red lines in our time”, the reality is “lies in our time”. And the big question is what should we do about it?
Although Labour’s dishonesty over the EU is well documented, four of their biggest lies need to be highlighted: Firstly, when Tony Blair announced the EU referendum in the Commons in April 2004, he also confirmed to David Heathcoat-Amory that our referendum would take place, even if another EU nation voted ‘no’ in theirs. Yet just fourteen months later, our referendum was cancelled because of the ‘no votes’ in France and Holland…! Secondly, Labour claim a referendum is not required because the “Reform Treaty” does not fundamentally change the relationship between Britain and the EU. Yet on the day he announced the EU referendum in the Commons, Tony Blair said the very same thing about the Constitution, when answering a question from Ian Paisley…! Thirdly, despite the fact that other EU leaders and the Labour dominated Commons European Scrutiny Committee openly dispute it; Labour still claim the “Reform Treaty” is different to the Constitution…! Fourthly, whilst Labour claim their beloved “red lines” are novel and capable of preserving Britain’s interests, Labour MP Gisela Stuart, who helped to draft the Constitution dismisses them as red herrings that were also present last time…!