Richard Oliff: We are all a bit confused over Europe

We are all confused over the European Union, says Richard
We are all confused over the European Union, says Richard

The British Parliament seems to be as confused as the British public as to when, even if, a referendum on European membership will be placed before the electorate.

The pressure for such a measure has indisputably increased since the last round of successes by UKIP whose “war cry” remains the demand for an in-out vote.

The year 2017 appears to be the one earmarked by the Government for you and I to make our choice, yet the Labour leader has apparently urged his MPs not to take part in August’s vote on a referendum, which would probably see the Conservative plan pass unopposed.

In the next three to four years we will be blitzed with information from both camps in an attempt to win our vote.

There is no doubt that this European Union has virtually guaranteed the peace which was so craved following the Second World War.

In his speech in Zurich on September 19, 1946, Winston Churchill called for a complete unity saying “We must build a kind of United States of Europe”, possibly the first time this contentious vision of the union had been expressed so explicitly, ironically given in a country that has never joined the party.

Today, the politicians are expecting us all to cram our revision: get on with our homework, before the test in just a few short years.

So many things about the Union have changed since Britain joined in 1973, and it is precisely for those reasons that it is right that we re consider our position within the EU.

It all began to fall apart with the introduction of a single currency in the shape of the euro, which took me back to my memory of its forerunner: the French inspired ecu, with various countries issuing their own commemorative and mock-up coins. The real question should be, is Britain best placed to stand alone outside of a united European union?