Adam Afriyie loses vote on early 2014 EU referendum

Orphans of Liberty readers are a seasoned bunch.

Many might say, ‘I told you so, Churchmouse. Afriyie had no chance of getting his amendment passed.’

And that is exactly what happened on November 22.

However, the point remains that he did the right thing in representing the British.

The Guardian — again, strangely, the only paper to report on this topic, it would seem — reported that Adam Afriyie, the Tory MP for Windsor and multimillionaire, lost the vote for a 2014 EU referendum by 249 to 15.

Guido Fawkes has the list of MPs who voted for the amendment:

Adam Afriyie
Andrew Bridgen
Douglas Carswell
Philip Davies
Nadine Dorries
Adam Holloway
Stewart Jackson
Chris Kelly
Julian Lewis
Stephen McPartland
Mark Reckless
Laurence Robertson
Andrew Rosindell
Martin Vickers

Tellers: Peter Bone and Philip Hollobone

Labour: Mike Gapes

Any Labour supporters out there who think rEd and Co. will offer a referendum for withdrawal would do well to think again. I have read online comments from people who say, ‘Labour are just biding their time.’ Uhh, no they are not.

It’s interesting that 2017 is bandied about as being the year for the referendum. 2017 is the year when the UK is to assume the presidency once again, from July through December.

On November 22, Afriyie wrote a closing article on the issue for Conservative Home in which he said:

A 2014 EU referendum was the only way to guarantee that British voters had their say on Europe. When 82 per cent of the British population want a referendum, 55 per cent of the British people want one before 2015 and 57 per cent of Conservative Party members want one before 2017, it was only right that parliament got to express its view.

Sadly people will now continue to feel that the political class is out of touch with their wishes.

All Conservative MPs want an EU referendum – this is not at issue. We’re united, and we’re still the only party who want to give the British people an EU vote. We would have held one in this parliament if it wasn’t for the LibDems, who are frightened of letting the British people have a say. But by delaying the referendum until 2017, we leave uncertainty in the minds of the British people.

As our thoughts turn towards the 2014 European elections and the 2015 general election, we must accept that it will be difficult to convince our constituents that we are not kicking the ‘EU can’ down the road once again. Over the next 18 months we will need to persuade voters that we are serious about our intention to hold an EU referendum. And we will need to convince these people in large numbers if we are to stand a chance of winning.

This is the point — convincing the voters, not just about an EU ‘cast iron’ referendum yet to be delivered but a whole host of other issues.

It doesn’t really matter how few votes Afriyie’s amendment received. What does matter is that he had the mettle to take a stand.  Thanks also to those MPs who voted with him, few in number though they were.

6 comments for “Adam Afriyie loses vote on early 2014 EU referendum

  1. graham wood
    November 27, 2013 at 9:46 am

    Meanwhile its £19 Billion’s worth from “hard working families” down the swanee for the forseeable future. What a strange way to spend taxpayers money. As usual the EU laughs all the way to the bank.

    • November 27, 2013 at 12:12 pm

      It’s shameful, all of it. ‘Hard working families’ my foot. To politicians, they’re only as good as the money they stuff into government coffers.

  2. Mudplugger
    November 27, 2013 at 3:32 pm

    That’s a dozen or so Tory MPs who won’t need to fight off UKIP at the next general election – smart move.
    The rest of them are either ignorant, arrogant, incompetent, asleep, or any combination of those. Their day of reckoning will come – in May 2015, with deserved P45s a-plenty.

    • November 27, 2013 at 10:59 pm

      Indeed. They see the road ahead, clearly.

  3. November 27, 2013 at 4:35 pm

    Not only that, but it shows the ever widening divide between the electorate who want a say on either in/out, return of sovereign powers or renegotiation.

    This is a large bunch of people, probably >40% of the electorate and the major political parties are ignoring them.

    Civil wars have been fought for a lot less.

    • November 27, 2013 at 11:12 pm

      That’s certain. We have only to look back to the 19th century for that.

      One example is the Corn Laws. The Economist phrased it this way. It doesn’t take a stretch to relate it to English employment on the fields or off them:

      ‘When food prices in the countryside are kept artificially low, this makes their food bills cheaper, which is good for them, but it also usually means there is less casual and seasonal labour required in the fields. Some of the poor lose more from the lack of jobs than they gain from cheaper food, so trade restrictions can end up getting the worst of both worlds.’

      Another is the Luddite movement:

      ‘The Luddite movement emerged during the harsh economic climate of the Napoleonic Wars, which saw a rise in difficult working conditions in the new textile factories. The principal objection of the Luddites was the introduction of new wide-framed automated looms that could be operated by cheaper, less skilled labour, resulting in unemployment among skilled textile workers.’

      Certainly, these movements did not relate to immigration, however, the common link between them and recent arrivals of the 21st century is … cheaper labour.

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