If you had asked me a year ago what my thoughts were on the EU referendum, I would have definitely said that I would vote to leave the European Union. However, since then I think I’ve changed my mind.
In February, my fiancé and I went to Brussels for a mini-break and while we were there we visited the Paralmentarium, a museum dedicated to promoting the EU and what it does. I was inspired and I don’t think I really realised how valuable the EU is as a group of nations. A couple of days later we went on a tour of the chamber itself. Again, it made me realise how important the EU can be.
I do think it’s important that Cameron et al. renegotiate with the EU to reclaim some powers. I do find it rather alarming that so much of our legislation is from Europe and we need to limit that, in my opinion. If the negotiations are unsuccessful then I think we, as Conservatives, must advocate a vote to leave the EU but this was sadden me greatly. I hope that we can get some powers back from Brussels; then, and only then, will I be voting to remain part of the EU.
In the next couple of years, we must be careful that the Party doesn’t become too divided. As discussed at Epsom’s Policy Forum on Friday, members should be able to campaign for either side and shouldn’t be dictated to by the Party at large. Fingers crossed that the upcoming negotiations go well.