With Cameron set to call a referendum on Europe, it looks like it’s going to be a stitch-up:
UKIP leader Nigel Farage’s warnings over a “stitch up” referendum have started to become reality, as it emerged today that Prime Minister David Cameron intends to hand the ‘Yes’ answer in a British referendum on EU membership to the ‘In’ or ‘Europhile’ camp.
The BBC reports that while the final wording of the question has not been revealed, it is widely expected that Mr Cameron will give the upper hand – the ‘Yes’ box on the ballot papers – to those who want Britain’s relationship with the EU to remain unchanged.
The move is likely to anger Eurosceptic campaigners, who have previously warned that Mr Cameron’s Conservative government would seek to give undue influence to the Europhiles, given his close links with big corporates who benefit from open door immigration and low-waged, low-skilled workers from the continent.
And there’ll be a high power campaign for a Yes vote:
Make no mistake, the Europhiles will get down and dirty in this campaign as never before. The forces ranged against UKIP and all other Eurosceptic elements will be massive, on a quite unprecedented scale. The sums of money available to the pro-Brussels camp will be virtually unlimited, from the EU itself, the United States liberal establishment, the over-mighty international banks, and all the multifarious sources that routinely fund campaigns promoting the agenda of the global liberal consensus.
It’ll be a bit like the Irish gay marriage vote:
Eurosceptics must realise that the bombardment they are about to undergo will be beyond anything in previous political experience. A small-scale foretaste was provided by the recent Irish referendum on homosexual marriage. The No camp found itself attacked by every political party, every newspaper and media outlet, the vile Twitter mob, international loudmouths, celebrities and even stabbed in the back by Vichy Catholic bishops. That experience could be viewed as a mini-rehearsal for Britain’s EU referendum.
The progressive consensus will throw everything it has at this. Europhiles know that if they can defeat this last British bid for freedom the result will be irreversible. Thereafter, intensified demographic reconfiguration of the electorate and relentless propaganda in schools and everywhere else can be relied on to extinguish the British identity. There will not be another referendum, at least not one with the slightest prospect of liberating Britain from Brussels.
Personally, I think that the referendum is probably already lost. There’s still considerable support for the EU in Britain.
But I don’t think the referendum really matters. I think what really matters is whether the EU can hold together given the mounting centrifugal forces now acting to tear it apart. If the EU disintegrates, the likely outcome will be the return of the sovereign nation states with their own currencies, regardless of any referendums there may have been.
But I wouldn’t be surprised if, in an attempt to forge a common European identity, EU leaders embark on a war with Russia over Ukraine. After all, it won’t be the first time that states have embarked on foreign wars to divert attention from problems closer to home. And President Jean-Claude Juncker is now calling for an EU army.