There are three primary political parties in the UK: the Conservatives, the Labour Party, and the Liberal Democrats. Each party and its party voters have its opinion on the EU and whether to remain a member of it or to leave.
Those UK voters (euroskeptics) that so not trust any party to watch out for Britain’s interests in Europe predominantly support the Labour party. More voters trust no politicians than trust the Conservatives. And most, if they trust any politician at all, trust Cameron to negotiate with the EU on behalf of the UK.
May was the month of Britain’s EU membership referendum debate. While some contend Britain’s geography, history, and sterling make it prime to exit the EU, others say, not so fast. Prime Minister Cameron is drafting laws for a referendum to be held before 31 December 2017.
The Tory Party backs Cameron’s intent on renegotiating the EU relationship and the public’s endorsement to do so.
On the other hand, the UK Independence Party (Ukip) leader, Nigel Farage, says all Tories do not fully back the EU referendum policy and four years is too long to wait for a decision on EU membership.
Labour Party leader, Miliband, says a “hard-headed approach to EU reform” is necessary. “Our national interest lies in staying in the European Union and working for the changes that will make it work better for Britain.” Miliband further reports his opinion that Prime Minister Cameron is inefficient and directionless and unwilling to take a stand where EU issues are concerned stating about Cameron that, “he has no answers to the challenges facing Britain in the future”.
Milliband’s objection to a referendum is not shared by everyone in or outside his party. Grant Shapps, Conservative Party Chairman, while not fully agreeing with the Tories, notes that, “Miliband has once again made clear he will never trust the British people to have their say” and additionally that he is “too weak to stand up for the British people at home and too weak to stand up for our country’s interests abroad”.
Politically the Ukip feels Milibrand, by rejecting any consideration of a referendum, has given an advantage to Cameron going into the next election with Cameron’s promise of an “in/out referendum in the next Parliament”.