We should have referendum on quitting Europe

Photo: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

Photo: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

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As the Scottish independence referendum neared its conclusion the Labour, Conservative and Lib-Dem Party leaders, out of sheer panic, all travelled to Scotland to demonstrate their support to retain the 300-year union that created the UK.

It is strange all three parties supported devolution, agreed to the referendum, but, probably because of complacency, appeared to do little persuade the voters to the benefits of being a part of the UK.

The referendum we should be having is that of our membership of the European Union and the independence of the United Kingdom, this would have done more to unite the nation than the fiasco north of the border that was created by our failed politicians.

All three parties have at some stage offered us a referendum in their election manifestos yet we are still waiting. David Cameron has promised one in 2017 (if still in office), yet Ed Miliband and Labour now refuse point blank to allow one.

A yes vote for Scottish independence could have triggered the break-up of the UK, something the EU would relish, could this then be the reason the Europhile Mr Miliband rules out British people having a say in their future?

Philip Griffiths,

North West President UKIP