Staffordshire MP: 'We have every right to a referendum on the EU'
AN INFLUENTIAL Staffordshire MP today criticised foreign diplomats for attempting to persuade political leaders not to hold a referendum on the country's membership in the European Union.
Bill Cash, Conservative MP for Stone, was responding to comments made by senior German politician Gunther Krichbaum who warned Britain against attempting to 'blackmail' the rest of Europe.
It follows warnings against a referendum earlier this week by Philip Gordon, a leading figure in Barack Obama's administration.
Mr Cash, who is chairman of the Government's European scrutiny committee, said: "There are profoundly good reasons for us to have a referendum and there are 35 million people in this country who have never had the opportunity to express their views on the subject.
"We will have our say, we will have our debate and we will do it on our own terms.
"We have every right to have our own referendum, we have our own rights to determine what kind of country we will be.
"In relation to the EU, there is no question that the status quo is unacceptable - not only as David Cameron has put it but as is abundantly clear from the discussions and opinion polls pouring out of the system for the last 10 years or so."