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Green Party backs in/out Euro vote
GREEN Party’s Bolton branch leaders have welcomed plans for an in/out referendum on Europe — but they want it sooner.
Alan Johnson, The Green Party’s Bolton South East candidate at the last parliamentary election, said David Cameron’s announcement that a referendum will be held by 2017 to determine whether the UK will remain within the European Union would engage British people in an important debate.
But he predicted the UK would stay in the union over the long-term.
Mr Johnson, whose party has two members of the European Parliament (MEPS), said: “The Green Party’s view is yes to a referendum within the next five years, yes to reform and yes to membership.
“We believe this country is too tied in with Europe now so to come out would not make economic sense.
“We’re very much in favour of this referendum and it should be done now, not in five years.
“The power that the financial institutions have over Europe and the powers that European bodies have over the UK needs to be reformed so they act in the best of interest of residents.”