We Must Start to Prepare Now for an EU Referendum

This autumn is the obvious time to start negotiating with Europe – ideally followed by a vote next year

Article published in The Evening Standard 20 May 2013

No British prime minister can abdicate from the continuous negotiating process that is the reality of EU membership. After the German elections in September, any German chancellor will find it essential to start negotiating with David Cameron and not wait until 2017. The eurozone crisis still hovers in the background. The EU, the second-largest trading bloc in the world after the US, will not reverse its depressed economic state with the UK uncertain for four years as to whether it will remain a member. Commercial, business and financial interests dictate that negotiations are brought forward…
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The above article is an extract from a much longer, detailed speech Lord Owen gave to the UK-EU Societies on 21 May.
The full speech can now be read by clicking here