Chris Davies, the Conservative Parliamentary Candidate for Brecon & Radnorshire, has slammed local Lib Dem MP Roger Williams for trying to prevent the people of Brecon & Radnorshire from having their say on Europe.
Lib Dem Roger Williams abstained from a vote in parliament on a Bill that would legislate for an in/out EU referendum in 2017.
Speaking to local media before the vote, the Lib Dem MP confirmed that he did NOT want the people of Brecon & Radnorshire to have this referendum vote on Europe.
The Conservative candidate for Brecon & Radnorshire, Chris Davies, said:
“Roger Williams has betrayed every single person in Brecon & Radnorshire who wants their say on Europe. Whether people would vote in or out, the majority do want this referendum on our EU membership.
“Why is Roger Williams so determined to stop us from having this vote on our EU membership? Because he is a Lib Dem and the Lib Dems are petrified that the people of Britain may not give them the answer on Europe that they want to hear. The Lib Dems are the most pro-EU party in British politics. It is the Lib Dems who still want a bigger and more powerful European Union. I wonder how many people truly realised this when they put their trust in Roger at the last election.
“The Coalition Government of course has already legislated for an automatic referendum if there should ever be a major Treaty change within the EU in the future and rightly so. However the majority of people in Britain, along with the Conservative party, want a referendum anyway, as soon as possible, regardless of whether there is a Treaty change. That is why I and my Conservative colleagues have already promised to hold an in/out referendum on our EU membership in 2017 if we win the next general election in 2015.
“Labour and the Lib Dems do not want this referendum. Shamefully it seems that they do not trust the British people with this decision. This is exactly why the Conservatives have put this special Bill to Parliament. This Bill would ensure that whatever party is in government in 2017, they would by law have to hold the referendum that we the Conservatives have promised. It would ensure that if Labour and/or the Lib Dems are in government, they will not be able to wriggle out of this commitment.
“This Bill can still pass but it will need the support of some Labour or Lib Dems MP’s. I continue to urge everyone in Brecon & Radnorshire who wants their say on Europe to back the Conservatives on this issue and register their support at www.LetBritainDecide.com
“This website gives everyone a voice and will help to put pressure on Roger Williams to listen to his constituents. Perhaps the people of Brecon & Radnorshire can convince him to change his mind.
“It is nearly 40 years since the British people last had a say on Europe. Since then the European Union has changed beyond recognition. The people of Britain must have their say again. Of the 3 main parties, only the Conservatives have promised the people of Britain a referendum on our EU membership.
“I doubt the people of Brecon & Radnorshire will forgive Roger Williams for his betrayal on Europe when he comes asking for their vote in 2015.”