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‘Europe is a club to which we belong’ MEP Girling says now not the right time for UK referendum on EU membership

Thursday, 4 October 2012
South West Conservative MEP Julie Girling does not believe the time is right for a referendum on the UK’s membership of the European Union, but has expressed her belief it should be a part of the Conservative Party’s election manifesto for the 2015 General Election.

In an editorial posted earlier today on the website PublicServiceEurope, Mrs Girling writes: “Our financial problems are not ones that we can shy away from and I share public frustrations about the EU."

"I do agree with David Cameron when he says now is not the time for a referendum on our membership of the EU. However, that time is approaching and [it] should be part of the next Conservative Party manifesto.

Europe is currently undergoing radical change and we should see how this crisis ends before making decisions about our own future relationship,” she continued. “There is no doubt that we must protect our own interests, safeguard the single market and stay out of a federal Europe […] For the time being, Europe is a club to which we belong.”

Click here to read the editorial in its entirety.

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