Video: Mr Redwood’s speech on the debate on Europe, 30 Jan

Speech by the Rt Hon John Redwood MP during the debate on Europe in the Commons on 30 January 2013.


  1. Tad Davison
    February 4, 2013

    The delivery of Laurence Olivier, the wisdom of King Solomon, the moral principles of Lincoln, and the good timing of J F Harrison himself. But it’s pearls before swine.

    It matters not how powerful or irrefutable the arguments, personal vested interests of individual politicians will always override all other considerations, including the best interests of the country, or the people they serve. There can be no other logical reason why these points are constantly brushed aside and disregarded – unless there is some other vested interest we voters aren’t privy to. In which case, again, democracy in Britain is a sham. But all credit to you John, for making the case. All we can do, is keep on pushing.

    Tad Davison


  2. Andy H
    February 4, 2013

    Here Here.
    What a shame that this was not given more coverage.

  3. margaret brandreth-j
    February 4, 2013

    How about a part as Lear. We have certainly divided our kingdom. A very emotive issue with a good delivery . The audience were very few. Perhaps the rest of the house isn’t really interested . Mother used to say to me I’m not Rothschild and I wondered who Roth was , but you have been there and are in a good position to get back into a more influential situation , but you need the listeners.

  4. Timaction
    February 4, 2013

    An excellent speach Mr Redwood to a practically empty house. I’m afraid we either wish to live in an accountable British democracy or an unelected EU dictatorship.
    I have yet to hear from any europhile what the benefits of our membership are other than extreme costs and regulation.
    As you say we do NOT have to be a member to trade with it!! Everything else is political hogwash!!

  5. Duncan Black
    February 4, 2013

    Fine speech John – really good. And the very crux of it is that it is not for the government to decide whether or not we are in or out of the EU – it is us, the voting public. As I have said before, you should be leading this government.

  6. Old Albion
    February 4, 2013

    The attendance in the house that day tells us something about the (dis)UK government and the EU.

  7. frank salmon
    February 4, 2013

    HEAR HEAR. Well said. It might also be worth noting that in Europe, the peoples vie between fascism and communism. They do not have a concept of libertarianism in the sense that the British have. It is this which sets us apart.

    1. Screaming Lord Sutch
      February 4, 2013

      Well said Mr Redwood, what a shame the house was empty. I hope this gets greater coverage

  8. David Langley
    February 4, 2013

    I saw you live JR, good stuff. The few in the house are so thick on the EU they will still be filling in their expenses when the P45 arrives.

  9. Peter Davies
    February 4, 2013

    Great speech, fantastic and well delivered. Just to echo one or two other points, it is a shame this wasn’t put to a full HOC and I wonder how much coverage was given by the BBC?

    I can probably guess the answer to that one!

    Reply I do not recall any BBC coverage. They were too busy offering me interviews on gay marriage, which was not a topic I wished to talk about and where I did not have a strongly held and important view.

  10. Mark Thackray
    February 17, 2013

    Please keep speaking up and telling the truth, we need more of this and a vote to leave the EU it cannot be reformed.

  11. Daniel Hewson
    February 17, 2013

    Well done John, another excellent speech, much appreciated by those who care about democracy.

  12. Marie1797
    February 21, 2013

    An inspiring speech Mr Redwood, hope you have more as need to keep the momentum flowing.

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