Old enmities are being cast aside as our cross-party campaign argues the case for Britain to leave the EU
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It is perfectly clear, no matter which party you represent, that the Prime Minister’s renegotiation is of very little consequence. Nothing major nor fundamental is even on the table, nor up for debate.
Today, it is clearer than ever before that if we remain in the European Union, further, deeper political integration is inevitable.
As we’ve seen from everything from the eurozone’s worsening economic state to the migrant crisis, the answer in Brussels will always be “more EU”.
David Cameron’s promised referendum is, therefore, a golden opportunity for our country. It represents a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for the UK to throw off the shackles of EU membership and stand proud again in the world.
This is far bigger than party politics. It transcends the old Left-Right divide in a way that little else does. So now is the time for all those across the political spectrum who want a United Kingdom that controls its borders, makes its own laws and is free to negotiate its own trade deals, to come together to get the UK out of the EU.
The stakes are high. Whatever differences there may have been between the parties during the European Elections and the general election, these are irrelevant compared with this greater cause. We must join forces to make the case across the country – face to face, at the grassroots level, with the people – for Britain being better outside the European Union. We must reach out to those from all backgrounds, of all ages, right across the entire country – even those who may not even usually vote at all.
This is why we are announcing a historic cross-party public meeting to discuss the referendum, with all three of us taking part, as well as Conservative MPs Peter Bone and Philip Hollobone, and with Ukip MEP Margot Parker chairing.
Taking place on January 23 in Kettering, Northamptonshire, it will be the first of dozens of large-scale public meetings and constituency-level campaigns being organised across the country by Grassroots Out. Throughout the land, MPs and MEPs from all parties will come together, along with thousands of local people, to fight for Britain’s national interest.
Along with members of our parties from across the country, and side by side with those with no party affiliation, we intend to spend the weeks and months ahead campaigning hard to achieve that aim. We will stand shoulder to shoulder putting country before party.
As we take on the might of the European Commission, who will no doubt flood the country with pro-EU propaganda in the run up to the referendum, such cross-party co-operation will be absolutely vital in taking our message to the British people.
No matter which political party you are in, this is an exciting time in British politics. This is the moment in which we can break the mould, free our country from the grip of the EU and transform the nation’s prospects for the better. We must seize this opportunity and work together to win.