We are going to have a relationship with Europe but also a relationship with the rest of the world…Young people do not realise how much they miss from not being able to govern our own country.

Lord Owen speaking on Radio 2 Jeremy Vine Show on Friday, 24 June, said:

“It is a good and clear result and we now have to implement the decision of the British people. Involving in that discussion right from the start the Scottish, Welsh and Northern Irish is a very good one. I personally think it would be quite wrong to proceed without taking all parts of the UK into that discussion and as part of that discussion. I think we can settle to all fair minded people a further serious devolution of power to the other nations and parts of the UK so we can remain united.

“We have to address the anxieties of the young and the challenges for them; that we are not going back on being Europeans. We are going to have a relationship with Europe but also a relationship with the rest of the world. They do not realise how much they miss from not being able to govern our own country. We did govern our own country and we knew what that meant for our democracy.

“I feel that we will be enriched in this process but for someone who has never experienced it and who has lived all their life within the EU they see all its problems. We need to take time to think through very carefully what is the right way forward.

“I do not today see any form of panic; we should wait for  solutions. We have already seen some stabilisation on the exchange rate, we have seen that the world goes on.  Change will not be implemented rapidly.  We have time to take a view and one advantage of the Prime Minister going but still staying to “settle the ship” as he calls it, is we can have those discussions and make no decision on Article 50 until after there is a new leader.”

We continuously underestimate the underlying passion and commitment of the powerful people who run Europe and steer it towards a United States of Europe.

Speech to the Bruges Group, Monday 13 June 2016.

Read the full text here: BrugesGroup13.6.16

Watch the video of the speech and Q+A here: BrugesGroupVideo

Extract: …how is it that Margaret Thatcher, the most powerful Prime Minister we have had since we joined the Common Market in 1973, totally failed to slow down, let alone halt, the continued integration of the EU despite being, on the face of it, the most hostile Prime Minister ever towards the end result of integration – a United States of Europe.

… The answer – and it has direct relevance to why we should leave on 23 June – is that as a nation of pragmatists or shopkeepers, call it what you will, we continuously underestimate and simply will not address the underlying passion and commitment of the powerful people who on a day-to-day basis run Europe and steer it towards that end result, a United States of Europe.

We also ignore how effectively the Brussels believers turn the mind frame of the diplomats, civil servants and experts from the Member States to their ‘idea of Europe’. Part idealistic, part realistic they constantly reiterate the idea that a nation state is rather old-fashioned in a complex world. That supranationalism enshrined in Treaties, which cannot be amended, is the only way forward. That democracy is untidy, inefficient and needs to be managed and tempered by expertise. They have both a design, a method and tenacity.

What should happen on 24 June if we have voted to leave?

Speech by Lord Owen to the Scottish Parliament Lobby Journalists’ lunch, Tuesday 7 June 2016

Lord Owen discusses what might have to happen constitutionally in the event of a ‘Leave’ vote.

“I have no hesitation in saying that it is the duty of the Prime Minister to remain in office on 24 June 2016 and stay at least until a settled framework for the transition negotiations are up and running and the country set on a new course. David Cameron has told the country that he will implement their decision. … The last thing the country needs is an immediate Conservative leadership election this summer.”

Lord Owen also considers the implications for the parliaments in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

“New powers are going to be acquired by all these parliaments, not least over agriculture and fishery policy. These powers would be automatically devolved, and create a powerhouse Scottish Parliament. People may be surprised by how much is devolved.”


“There is a growing sense of hope and enthusiasm within the country ignited by Vote Leave. There is an insurgency movement out in the country challenging the old parties. We in Vote Leave are capturing on a cross-party basis those feelings and the people sense that there is huge potential for the UK when we restore full democratic control. It is wholly consistent with this mood that we should start simultaneously structured conversations across party divisions to improve the quality of our democracy.”

Why we should quit a dysfunctional EU.

Lord Owen in today’s Times >Sunday Times > Focus.

“Facing a period of readjustment for two to three years while we leave a dysfunctional EU, the only thing we have to fear is fear itself. Every year that the UK can spend transitioning out from the EU will be well-spent.”

Sunday Times 29.5.16

Lord Owen’s Vote Leave speech in Plymouth, and the EU’s impact on the UK fishing industry

Speech delivered to a public meeting at the Holiday Inn, Plymouth, 27 May 2016 in support of Vote Leave

Watch Lord Owen’s full speech here: Plymouth Speech Video

Read the prepared speech notes here: PlymouthSpeech

Speech notes extract: “We have just recently seen the EU Commission, whose competence it is, give away to the Faroes and Iceland 20% of EU mackerel which equates to 20% of UK mackerel since we have the largest stock. That produces a loss to the UK economy of around £300 million every year.

“If we leave the EU… The big change is the UK would regain its voting rights and its voice on numerous Regional Fisheries Managements Organisations where it has been systematically undermined and replaced by the EU in recent years.”

Lord Owen moves amendment to Queen’s speech in House of Lords to protect the NHS from the effects of Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership.

Read the full text here: HLQueen’sSpeechDebate23.5.16

“..the new right to regulate does not provide sufficient protection to the UK Government to ensure that no future government or Parliament will have its ability to increase the public sector provision of services limited..”

Lord Owen on BBC Radio ‘World Questions’ programme

Lord Owen joined the BBC’s ‘World Questions’ radio programme on Sunday 22 May 2016 to discuss aspects of the EU Referendum. Hosted by Jonathan Dimbleby, the programme also featured economist Ruth Lea who  supports Britain leaving the European Union along with former EU Commissioner Lord Chris Patten and the economic historian Nick Crafts, both of whom favour remaining in the EU.

Listen to the programme (available for approximately 28 days) here: Lord Owen ‘World Questions’

Lord Owen argues against early, speeded EU membership for Turkey

On Sunday, 21 May Lord Owen appeared on both Sunday Politics with Andrew Neil and Murnaghan on Sky News.

In these programmes Lord Owen reminded viewers that David Cameron had committed the UK at the European Council on 18 March 2016 (only 9 weeks ago) in para 8 of the formal announcement from the Council  “to re-energise the accession process” of Turkey into the EU. Also that “Preparatory work for the opening of other Chapters will continue at an accelerating pace …All these elements will be taken forward in parallel.”

Lord Owen stressed the paramount need to keep Turkey in NATO and as a country part European, part Middle East. The way to do that was through entry into the Single Market with other countries not in the EU but without a commitment to free movement of people and labour. Not through early, speeded-up EU membership with automatic right of entry into all other EU countries.