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The story of Brexit goes back decades. The European question and the United Kingdom’s continued membership of the European Union. What is referred to as the first EU referendum was the Referendum Act 1975 of the 5 June 1975 which set out to gauge support for the country’s continued membership of the European Communities (EC). Remain won by 67% 17.3 million votes for remain and 8.4 million votes for Leave.
The Uk parliament joined the EC 3 years earlier where it was decided it would be unconstitutional to ask the UK voting population in a Referendum, instead the people did not get to vote.
This set the scene for clashes between Labour who were behind leaving the EC and Conservative who were for continued membership..
At the time this speech stood out as something new for like minded Eurosceptics and offered to some a new opportunity and new pathway forward for the country.
3 years of Brexit process and national knowledge on the topic based on much repetitive debating a few things in this speech start to stand out.
First the speech identies much which is wrong with the EU, fundamental issues that would require some buy in and political will from the EU other 27 to consider and change. Who was backing the UK government with this list?
The second point, the speech tells the audience (at home) how leaving the EU would not be in the UK’s interest and makes reference into the leaving option being ‘WTO’ and why that is not so good.
The third point, the solution will be, I will get a reformed EU and then throw it backk to you the people in an in / out EU referendum.
Unpicking the Bloomberg speech
As a voter do I agree with the list of problems the Prime Minister has identified, lets say that ranges from definiatly, and the rest to No the EU is the best thing since sliced bread and peanut butter. For argument sake the PM has some bakers in the department of thinking that the EU needs to change, or in David’s words ‘a reformed EU’.
Show me the List of issues
Did the Uk government produce a list of reforms