David Cameron’s promise to hold a referendum is an historic step in the right direction. But his support for continuing British membership of a failing European Union is deeply misguided. In many respects this speech was a lost opportunity. This could have been a Churchillian moment for the prime minister, declaring support for a British exit from the European Union, and pledging to fully restore British sovereignty.
Unfortunately, Mr. Cameron remains in denial about the prospects for transforming the EU and advancing British interests within it. Britain’s future as a free and great nation rests upon its ability to frame its own laws, shape its own foreign, defence, economic and trade policies, and to decide its own destiny. All of this is threatened by the European Project, which is heading only towards the goal of ever closer union, regardless of the cost to individual liberty, national sovereignty and economic prosperity. As Margaret Thatcher once put it, “that such an unnecessary and irrational project as building a European superstate was ever embarked upon will seem in future years to be perhaps the greatest folly of the modern era.” Wise advice from the Iron Lady, words that the prime minister should heed.
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Cameron should have read Václav Klaus's remarks from yesterday before he gave his EU speech.