He says in The Telegraph –
I would like to see Britain negotiate a new relationship with the EU based on economic rather than political considerations and set out in clear and unambiguous language.
“If we succeed, a referendum should be held and formal acceptance advocated. If, on the other hand, this approach is rejected outright or falls short of necessary ‘red lines’, then we would have no alternative but to recommend rejection and consider departure from the EU.”
Asked whether he trusted Mr Cameron to push for renegotiation, Dr Fox told the event in Westminster – organised by the Taxpayers’ Alliance think tank – that he did. “I know his commitment to getting the best deal for the British people,” he added.
Responding to a question about whether he was missing life in Government he replied: “I don’t imagine I would be in the heart of government for about twenty-five minutes if I had given this speech.”
Nearly 100 Conservative MPs wrote to Mr Cameron last week urging him to make a legal commitment to hold a poll on the UK’s relationship with the EU during the next parliament.
Withdrawal from the European Union is a right of European Union member states under TEU Article 50 which states: “Any Member State may decide to withdraw from the Union in accordance with its own constitutional requirements.”
Only Greenland has explicitly voted to leave, quitting the European Economic Community in 1985.
The last referendum on Britain’s relationship with Europe was in 1975 when Britain held a national referendum on withdrawal the European Economic Community. At that referendum, 67 per cent of voters chose to remain in the Community.
However Dr Fox’s comments were at odds with former Conservative Cabinet minister John Redwood who said in a blog, titled “A new relationship with the EU?” published on Monday that now the chaos in the Eurozone meant that now was a good time to call a referendum.
He said: “The government is wrong to say we cannot make a move now owing to the problems of the Euro zone. We need to make the move now for just that reason.
“The UK needs to be free of any financial liability from the Euro troubles, and free of the extra government the EU will now seek to impose to try to ‘save’ the Euro.
TAP – Liam Fox has consistently been ahead of other Conservative politicians with his outspoken anti-EU views. Now he’s been pushed out of the cabinet, he can articulate these more strongly, and start to look at a putsch against Cameron’s leadership. Cameron’s support for the Euro is a suicide note for himself and Osborne, as well as for the Party. Fox offers not just a way out of Europe for Britain, but a pathway for a Conservative Party revival. MPs should rally round him, and see off the current hopelessly corrupted regime.
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