Many of you want a simple solution. You say you just want the Uk to pull out. You say we just need an In/Out referendum, and the public will do the rest. If it were that easy it would have happened by now. You need to ask not what do you want, but what can you get, to start to push matters in the direction we want.
The Uk electorate have never voted into office any party running on a Come out platform. They have never elected a single representative of UKIP or English democrats or other pull out parties to Westminster. It is not a question of one more heave and they will. There is not a shred of polling evidence to suggest that in a Westminster election, as opposed to a European election, they are about to.
Nor could you guarantee that the Uk electors would vote for out of the EU if we were treated to an In/Out referendum. As in 1975 all the main poltical parties would line up to tell us we should stay in. I have supported referenda, but have always thought it better to ask a question like “Would you support further powers passing to the EU under this proposed Treaty?” or “Would you back a thorough going renegotiation of our relationship to bring powers back?” or “Do you agree we should accept the renegotiated terms the Uk government has secured?”
The proposal I have put to colleagues is designed to try and build more support for a change of direction, a move away from more and more power flowing to Brussels. Of course it is not as much as pull outers would like. The problem with it is not that, but probably it still goes further than the bulk of the Uk political establishment wishes to go. I want to see a wider consensus constructed to make use of this unique time when the EU needs UK support for a major strengthening of Euroland powers which we cannot possibly accept for ourselves. The mixed response to it on this site is symptomatic of continuing Eurosceptic splits which has always left majority opinion in this country on the EU with much reduced power to influence events and turn them in a sensible direction.
If you do wish to help build a consensus for a different direction, then write to your own MP asking him or her to support demands for a renegotiation for the Uk to run alongside the building of Euroland economic governance. This should apply to Labour and Lib Dem as well as to Conservative MPs – they all need to know the strength of Eurosceptic feeling on this crucial matter.