It has been nearly 40 years since the British people last had their say on Europe. In that time, so much has changed. People feel that the EU is heading in a direction they never signed up to.
We need a better deal for Britain, including putting the key question to the British people through an In/Out referendum by the end of 2017 at the latest. Currently, only one of the main three political parties are supporting this: the Conservatives.
That’s why the party has launched a new campaign website, www.LetBritainDecide.com, which makes it simple for people to back the Bill, help build public pressure, give people a voice, and urge MPs from other parties to listen to their constituents.
Please visit www.LetBritainDecide.com if you would like to get involved.
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Watch Mark Reckless debate the European Union with Lib Dem MEP Catherine Bearder and Labour peer Lord Bassam on BBC’s Sunday Politics South East:
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Mark Reckless, MP for Rochester and Strood, responds to the Home Secretary, Theresa May, following the debate on the Crime and Courts Bill.
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Mark Reckless questions the Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg, over his role in the selection process for the next EU Commissioner
If the government is to consult on the option of a Thames estuary airport, and it is does not appear to have the support of either the Liberal Democrats or all ministers, then we should take the opportunity to kill off the idea of an estuary airport once and for all.
Extraordinarily, the Major of London claimed today that a new airport would pay for itself. Even if we set aside the inevitable government spending on some associated infrastructure, the supposedly keen sovereign wealth funds or other investors would, of course, require a return on their investment.
Lord Foster, no doubt highly optimistically, estimates that his plan for a new airport and supporting infrastructure would cost at least £50 billion.
Assuming even just a 5% return and pay-back over 50 years, servicing that capital investment would cost £3.5 billion a year. Spread over the seventy million passengers currently using Heathrow that would be £50 per plane ticket, before you even consider operating costs.
I will be seeing ‘Boris’ later this afternoon. I intend to ask him whether he proposes to close Heathrow, and devastate the West London economy, and, if not, how he thinks he could persuade airlines and their passengers to pay for his vanity project.
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