Lib Dem Voice polled our members-only forum recently to discover what Lib Dem members think of various political issues, the Coalition, and the performance of key party figures. Some 550 party members have responded, and we’re publishing the full results.
By 2:1 majority, Lib Dems reject new EU referendum
32% – Should
63% – Should not
5% – Don’t know
And 92% would vote to remain if there were an in/out referendum
If there were a referendum on Britain’s membership of the European Union, how would you vote?
92% – I would vote to remain a member of the European Union
5% – I would vote to leave the European Union
0% – I would not vote
3% – Don’t know
Almost half Lib Dem members back greater UK integration in EU
Thinking about Britain’s relationship with Europe, which would you most like to see?
49% – Britain remaining in the European Union, integrating more closely with our European neighbours
34% – Britain remaining in the European Union as it is
12% – Britain remaining in the European Union, but with a repatriation of powers that means membership is on the basis of a free trade agreement and no more
2% – Britain leaving the European Union completely
4% – None of these
Here’s a selection of your comments:
Why is everything about “in”, “further in”, “out” or “further out”. The EU needs a massive amount of reform of policies – whether this is “further in” or “further out” for the UK is irrelevant to all but Daily Express journalists.
We should leave the EU but set up trading arrangements like Norway and Switzerland. Don’t forget how prosperous Hong Kong was, as a little trading outpost on the edge of a huge monolithic bloc called China!
Status quo is always easiest. IF we are to re-negotiate, let’s be clear that the dialogue will in some areas involve further integration and in other areas some repatriation.
Britain remaining in the European Union, working to create a more liberal and cost-effective EU where the principle of subsidiarity is adhered to closely.
Perhaps we don’t need more integration, but we do need to engage with the EU more effectively!
Britain does well out of its membership of the EU and the EU does well despite the many challenges it faces. When will we finally hear about the advantages of membership?
The EU is a source of so much business and academic goodness, UK society would crumble without it! As an academic who has worked on EU projects, it really is vital.
The press has spent so long putting it down that people do not understand the benefits. It there was a referendum, it would need legislation to ensure that all of the facts were given to everyone.
The euro was a big mistake, and so was the extradition treaty. But it makes no sense to be mindlessly anti-EU.
I’d like to see closer co-operation on some things (defence, foreign policy, the environment) and a lighter touch from the EU on most economic and contractual matters including health/safety and procurement. A Liberal approach should be based on the wish to bring power down to the lowest level possible, but to establish democratic structures to deal with things that can’t be handled locally.
If people vote for a real US of Europe (similar to USA) that is fine but so far nobody has bothered to ask the people and ‘the project’ proceeds by stealth.
* Stephen was Editor (and Co-Editor) of Liberal Democrat Voice from May 2007 to Jan 2015, and writes at The Collected Stephen Tall.