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Gloucester has its say on whether there should be an EU referendum

By EchoLauraC  |  Posted: March 17, 2014

  • Ed Miliband

  • Tracey Davis, 44, from Barnwood

  • Louise Keevil, 28, from Longlevens

  • Charles Ryan, 58, from Linden

  • Brian Henry, 71, from Highnam

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ED Miliband, leader of the Labour party, has said a referendum on whether the UK remains in the European Union is unlikely if the party wins the next election.

It comes as Prime Minister, David Cameron, has guaranteed voters a chance to say if they want to be in the EU by 2017 if the Conservatives get in power.

The Citizen took to the streets of Gloucester to see if people in the city wanted to have a vote on the subject. Here's what they said:

Tracey Davis, 44, from Barnwood:

I think we should have a vote on it because everyone should be given a chance to express their views.

If there were a vote, I think I would opt out. I think Europe is an issue I would consider when the next election comes up.

I think by having a vote, regardless of the outcome, you get people on board and that is what politicians want.

Louise Keevil, 28, from Longlevens:

I do think we should have a vote, because it gives us the option.

Personally I think we should remain in the European Union. I know there is a lot of things that seem like they go over the top on, but it is good to have standardisation across Europe and it is good for the economy.

Charles Ryan, 58, from Linden:

I think we should have a vote, but I also think we should remain in the EU.

We get a lot of benefits commercially from being a member.

We don’t want to isolate ourselves as a country.

There are also a lot of problems in other countries and I think sticking in the EU would help solve some of them.

Brian Henry from Highnam:

I don’t think we should have a vote on it and I I am even more convinced we should stay in.

I support the EU because of the market, the trading, the health standards and the laws that have passed that have helped this country. I believe that we belong in the EU.

Here are the main parties’ stance on our status in the EU and its promises on future votes, if elected:

UKIP: Promises an immediate referendum on whether the UK should be in or out of the EU

Conservatives: They have pledged to renegotiate terms of the UK’s membership with a referendum on being in the EU by 2017.

Labour: It will only hold a referendum on whether or not the UK should be in Europe if there is a proposed transfer of more powers from London to Brussels.

Lib Dems: They believe a referendum will be needed to approve any further significant transfer of powers from London to Brussels.

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12 comments

  • Lecorche  |  March 19 2014, 8:57AM

    Give us devolution not withdrawal!

  • North Glos EPC  |  March 17 2014, 6:18PM

    Regardless of whether being in the EU is best for the country or not it is a big issue of debate, and lets face it we are in a very different EU to the one we voted to join many years ago. The only way to finally resolve this issue is to have a referendum. In a democracy the majority view is supposed to carry, right or wrong. Any party not wanting to exercise democracy, I can only imagine because they might not like the result, will certainly not get any vote from me.

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  • bg1980  |  March 17 2014, 2:07PM

    a vote for ukip is a WASTED vote

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  • ghiabelinda  |  March 17 2014, 12:38PM

    well said mike, agree with you 100%, if anyone is a small minded xenophobe i think its glos anarchy

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  • GlosAnarchy  |  March 17 2014, 1:49AM

    Mike, they would not pay for these projects they would give the cash to their banker mates! Nice to see my previous post you red arrowed was removed, the truth hurt? Yes the likes of RR may not need us in Europe but there will be a lot less foreign investment in the UK and quite a few companies will pull out. It's a pity you are such a bunch of small minded xenophobes playing up to the populist right wing rhetoric that makes Margaret Thatcher look like a communist!

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  • RoadWombat  |  March 16 2014, 3:00PM

    Oh, and by the way, in return I'll send you some lodgers to live in your house (you won't know if they'll be well-behaved or if they're criminals) and I'll also make all the rules for your house that you'll have to live by.

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  • RoadWombat  |  March 16 2014, 2:47PM

    Tell you what - give me £100 of your money. If you find yourself short of cash, just ask me, and I'll see if I'll allow you spend up to perhaps £60 of it. However, you can only spend it on what I allow you to spend it on, plus I'll only pay for one third of whatever you want to buy. You'll have to find the rest yourself. As for what's left, I'll keep most for myself (to pay for me working out all the complicated sums, of course!) and I'll give the rest away to whoever I want to. Sound fair? Well, that's what the eu has been doing to us the past umpteen years!

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  • Mike_Smith_Gl  |  March 16 2014, 9:21AM

    @GlosAnarchy. I) UKIP has no "heartland", its support is widespread, geographically and across the social and political spectrum. That is why we have no seats in Westminster YET. Remember we won over 140 seats in the County elections last year, including 3 in the Forest of Dean. ii) "Europe has helped pay for projects"? That is with our own money and any projects that it has "helped pay for" have to be matched by twice locally raised funds. Our government could pay for these projects without having part of the funding going through the inefficient, corrupt filter of the EU. £53 million for faster internet? That is less than we pay to the EU IN ONE DAY!

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  • GlosAnarchy  |  March 16 2014, 8:25AM

    Thanks for all the red arrows, so non of you find the comparison to the "what did the romans ever do for us" UKIP's heartland is Cornwall where Europe has helped pay for projects such as the A30 spine road, harbor defenses, over £53m for faster Internet and numerous other projects! So what have the Europeans ever done for us?

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  • Mike_Smith_Gl  |  March 15 2014, 8:30PM

    The people of Gloucester will REALLY be able to have their say on May 22nd, not just some totally unrepresentative straw poll. Although we are in the vast South West Region (which stretches from Gloucestershire to Gibraltar), the results in each Constituency will be known. We will be voting for a Party rather than an individual Candidate and the 6 seats available will be distributed between the Parties in approximately the proportion of votes each Party gets. People can find out why UKIP believes we would be better off out of the EU by coming to a Public Meeting next Tuesday, March 18th, 7pm at The Kings Theatre, Kingsbarton Street. The guest speakers will be William Dartmouth MEP, who is UKIP's lead candidate (its choice for the first seat that it wins) and Sarinder Joshua Duroch, a British Indian author. It will also be introducing its newly-selected Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for the General election in 2015.

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