From the Coir campaign E-zine –
As campaigning gets underway in Britain, leading up to the general election on 6 May, the Conservative party have published its election manifesto, vowing to take significant measures to preserve and reclaim as much sovereignty as possible from the EU. They have also vowed to “never” join the Eurozone.
In the manifesto, published this past Tuesday, the party reiterates its longstanding preference for an intergovernmental approach to politics in Europe, saying: “We believe Britain’s interests are best served by membership of a European Union that is an association of its member states.”
And this “co-operation, not federation” stance is supported by the policy proposed in the document. In one instance, the party promises voters that it will introduce a “sovereignty bill” which will declare that “ultimate authority” rests with the British Parliament, not with Brussels. And in another instance, the party promises to re-negotiate the opt-out “guarantees” they got from Brussels on the Charter of Fundamental Rights in the areas of criminal justice and in social and employment legislation.
Ultimately, on this question, the Conservatives are very clearly seeking to repatriate competencies already given over to the EU, saying: “We seek a mandate to negotiate the return of these powers from the EU to the UK.”
The Irish eurosceptics seem impressed, even if the diehards of UKIP are not.
Full article HERE.