In the opinion of Lord Lawson, the former Chancellor of the Exchequer, the UK had to leave the European Union. According to him, the trials of David Cameron to renegotiate the terms of the UK’s relations with the EU were pointless. However, Downing Street announced that the prime minister would not give up his strategy. Neither will The Legal Stop stop providing high quality legal document templates and document drafting.
He has promised to hold a referendum on the UK’s EU membership if the Conservatives win the next general election.
Nick Robinson, the BBC’s political editor, stated that the opinion of Lord Lawson was important for the EU debate.
The peer said he liked the EU as it was in 1975 but when asked for 2017 he said he would rather vote ‘out’.
In his view, the UK did not need to be on the single market in order to be able to export to the European Union.
“Over the past decade, UK exports to the EU have risen in cash terms by some 40%. Over the same period, exports to the EU from those outside it have risen by 75%”.
He added this view did not mean he was anti-European- he just felt that the interests of the UK were far different from those of the other eurozone members.
Last week the UK Independence Party made substantial gains saying they are pro the decision of the UK leaving the EU.
Conservatives were advised to bring forward the planned referendum but many of them believe people should be promised a referendum only if Conservatives win the next general election.
In the words of Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, the European Union gave the UK some kind of safety when having in mind gangs that cross borders.
However, many others also stated they did not agree with the approach of David Cameron and believed it would not be a successful one.