This week, for the first time in a long time, thousands of people from across the political spectrum join in celebration of one thing; that David Cameron is in Downing Street. A man who promised there would be no transfer of sovereignty to Brussels without public consultation, and kept his word. A man who promised to put Britain’s national interests first and who, this week, fought our corner in spectacular fashion, taking the world by storm in a display of newfound national assertiveness that shows Britain is back from the brink of bankruptcy, and open for business.
After 13 years of weak negotiation, self-interest and broken promises, many had understandably lost faith in our leaders to come back from Brussels with all our national sovereignty intact, and without the hangover of another pledge broken, or another treaty signed against our will. Gone forever, they thought, were the days of Thatcher ‘handbagging’ EU delegates into a rebate for Britain, worth £2bn a year to us ever since 1984. This week Cameron changed all that, astounding the country in the process
By nearly three-to-one, the public backed the Prime Minister’s decision to veto the proposed bill, and considered his defiant stance to be a sign of Britain’s strength, not of weakness. The majority of the public now say they trust the Prime Minister to look out for Britain’s interests; streets ahead of Miliband or Clegg, both of whom are now overwhelmingly distrusted.
Cameron’s victory over Europe has also put the Conservatives back out in front in the polls, surging an incredible 9 points in one week; a spectacular show of renewed faith in the Prime Minister and our Party.
All this serves to show that the public have no appetite for deeper integration at this time into the EU and the Single Currency experiment; an experiment about which the only questions seem now to be not ‘if’, but ‘when’ and ‘how’ it fails.
Britain meanwhile, despite her lingering difficulties in recovering from a Labour government, walks on by alongside the sinking ship of Europe. Our credit rating is secure once again, unlike those of countries across the EU and beyond, thanks to swift and decisive action by the Chancellor to take Britain from the epicentre of the economic firestorm where we found ourselves by the end of Gordon Brown’s reign of economic destruction, to the comparative safety of its outer fringes.
Skeptics will invariably claim that this will lead to our isolation within Europe, painting a bleak picture of Britain as a limpet clinging desperately to the European Union for economic life-support. This is simply not the case; not only does Britain remain, even today, one of the world’s major exporting nations, the majority of our exports also do not go to Europe, but in fact to our many other trading partners, such as China, India, Japan, and, overwhelmingly, to the United States; our single biggest source of revenue, whose contribution to our economy could no doubt be even larger were we allowed to thrive outside the protectionist bubble of Europe.
Cameron’s action in Europe has not only steered Britain clear of the heart of the unfolding disaster in Europe, but also retained Britain’s national sovereignty, protected her national interests, and restored the nation’s faith in our leadership to do the right thing for our country on the global stage. It’s the best Christmas present Britain could have asked for.Owen Williams – Editor