Another EU Referendum petition

A reader has tipped me to yet another e-petition demanding a referendum on EU membership.

Normally I ignore requests to publicise such petitions because more often than not they are a waste of time or duplicate other petitions on the e-petition site.  However the email about this e-petition amused me:

We must play the politicians at their own game!

When the French, Dutch and Irish voted No to the EU constitutional and Lisbon Treaties, they were asked to vote again. We must force our MPs to do the same. There are loads of other petitions but they are too similar to the one that was granted a debate so therefore will be rejected by the committee responsible. We have spoken to the petiton office!

Our new petition, it is worded differently so the EU can be re-debated due to a clause in the programme for Government, that the people will be able to table their own bill. Like what happened in other European Counties let’s keep having them vote until we get the ”right” result!! We have spoken to the petiton office and they have indicated that they would allow ours!

Somehow I cannot see the Parliamentary Committee giving this the time of the day, given that  it focuses on Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty instead of offering the Europhiles’ faux option of ‘renegotiation’.  But it will be fun to see what happens if this tops 100,000 signatures and forces the Committee to consider it.

If nothing else it would again demonstrate the overwhelming majority of MPs put their own interests before their duty to fulfill the wishes of the people they supposedly represent.  It would also sort out the Eurosceptics from the Europlastics.

12 Responses to “Another EU Referendum petition”


  1. 1 WitteringsfromWitney 12/11/2011 at 12:00 pm

    It would seem AM, that repatriation is a dead duck according to Bruno Waterfield as Merkel has put her foot down to Cameron.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/financialcrisis/8885498/EU-turmoil-revives-calls-for-referendum.html

  2. 3 John 12/11/2011 at 12:43 pm

    “yet another e-petition demanding a referendum on EU membership.”

    This is a common mistake. The first petition was actually 100,000 signed papers handed into No10. Not an e petition.
    The first e petition failed to get 100,000 votes and sits at about 30,000.

  3. 4 Autonomous Mind 12/11/2011 at 3:01 pm

    John, there have been several e-petitions demanding a referendum. This is the latest. Hence, ‘yet another’. Do not confuse this with the petition that resulted in the recent Commons debate.

  4. 5 Neal Asher 12/11/2011 at 3:50 pm

    I’ve signed, for what good it’ll do.

  5. 6 Cassandra King 12/11/2011 at 4:24 pm

    Just signed on the line, the Quisling regime now has the details of every patriot. A very efficient way of marking out dissenters isnt it? See you in the camps eh?

  6. 7 Bellevue 12/11/2011 at 6:11 pm

    I signed a while ago…… not that I hold up any hope. We are whistling in the wind and as you say, putting our heads above the parapet.
    My only hope now is that the EU will implode and crash and burn…. oh please, yes.
    It does strike me that nowadays more people are aware of what is going on in the EU. All those Strictly/X factor/home improvement types can no longer ignore what is going on in Europe, surely. It is affecting them where it hurts, in their wallets. When the ignorant/stupid people realise what is happening,, surely they will rise up.
    Frankly, I am not actually holding my breath. I have too many friends/family who really couldnt care less and just dont want to know…..
    I despair.

  7. 8 john in cheshire 12/11/2011 at 6:28 pm

    I, too signed a while ago. And, like you all, I don’t expect anything to come of it. It is unfortunate but I think the change that is needed to bring us back to sanity, will come suddenly and be quite traumatic for us all.

  8. 9 Bellevue 12/11/2011 at 6:53 pm

    So far, it doesnt impinge on most people’s lives. That is about to change.
    My family/friends have the attitude that the eu ‘isnt really that important in their lives’. They have NO IDEA!
    When I try to enlighten them, they think I am some sort of conspirisy theorist – like Diana was killed by the royal family.
    All I can hope is that the situation in Europe will FORCE this into their small attention span.

  9. 10 Fred 12/11/2011 at 6:54 pm

    Are these e petitions not a waste of time ? I’ve seen 3 now on the EU and none have managed to get near to the required 100,000 votes to force a debate. The only debate on the EU was the one from the newspaper campaign that got 300,000 votes. Do you not think the e petition is just a scam to make people feel that they’re important ? Channel all the protests out into cyberspace where it will go nowhere and be ignored ?

  10. 11 don wreford 13/11/2011 at 5:59 am

    Living in Australia, it is hard to understand exactly the issue of EU? is Britain in line to become a Member? if so the disaster of Greece is the writing on the wall, with the debts Britain has, it appears not to be a basket case? as yet, only of recent down under one heard of Italy being in strife, has anyone heard as yet the British becoming a casualty? having personally living through the blitz of London and the aftermath of rationing until mid 50s or later, one survived bombing and rationing, is this the sort of austerity measures we face? however when in the 1940s I saw a Norton, Dominator, and rode on one, even in the darkest hour of austeritym light appeared.

  11. 12 Bill 13/11/2011 at 10:02 am

    don..
    The UK is a member of the EU but not the eurozone ( countries who have adopted the euro as their currency).
    As the eurozone countries tumble one by one the UK is having to help bail them out ( via the IMF/ECB etc) despite not being in the euro itself.
    Most folk want out of the EU and don’t want their currency to switch from sterling to euros.
    I think people should vote for one of the e petitions rather than having numerous petitions all failing to reach 100,000. This would channel our votes and ensure we get our debate in the Commons.


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