Suffolk’s Euro MP says today’s EU announcement by Ed Miliband that Labour would commit to an in-out EU referendum but only if there is to be a transfer of powers, means Labour is refusing to get in to a Eurosceptic ‘bidding war’.
The promise of the referendum only in these circumstances to be made in a speech by the Labour leader, stakes a clear position for both the European and the General Elections, says Richard Howitt MEP.
The Labour Euro MP who is his party’s lead candidate for this May’s European Elections says it is important Labour clarified its position for the manifesto, so all speculation would now be ended.
Mr Howitt said: “Make no mistake, Labour is a pro-European party which I am sure will campaign for a ‘yes’ vote if and when the time comes.
“As a Labour Euro MP I know too that we are much more likely to win reforms from within, than by trying to blackmail our European partners by threatening to leave altogether.
“Labour’s real difference from the Conservatives is that they have set an artificial time for a referendum which is both bad for business and is on a set of reforms which not even David Cameron knows what they will contain.
“Labour says when there is a real question to be asked, we will enable the British people to provide the answer.”