‘Alea iacta est’

Today, UKIP leader Nigel Farage delivered a letter to Downing Street addressed to the Prime Minister. He re-iterated in writing his challenge for a full, frank and honest debate with the PM about the UK’s relationship with the EU and the necessity of a referendum on the subject. His letter is reproduced below:

Dear Prime Minister,

As you are well aware, the last time the people of this country were given a say on membership of the European Union was back in 1975.  This must have been a factor in your thinking when, in 2007, you gave a “cast-iron guarantee” to hold a referendum if you became Prime Minister. Since that promise, however, your message on the issue has been confusing and misleading.

You say the time is not right but refuse to clarify when the time will be right. You believe that leaving would not be in our best interests and an in/out referendum is flawed because it offers a “single choice”.  In last week’s Sun poll, almost 70 per cent of voters said they would like a referendum. In the same poll, a clear majority said they would like to leave the EU and yet your plans would deny them that opportunity.

I believe the British people, along with many of your own backbench MPs, want and deserve a straight in/out choice in a referendum.  I propose a public debate between us where we can put our respective cases forward.

My challenge to you is an open and honest one and I hope you will afford me, and the people of this country, a proper say on the matter.

Yours sincerely

Nigel Farage MEP

Leader, UK Independence Party

Notes

  • ‘Alea iacta est’ translates from the Latin as ‘The die is cast’. The phrase is attributed by Suetonius to Julius Caesar as he led his army across the River Rubicon in Northern Italy.
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2 comments
  1. Boudicca said:

    A nice publicity stunt, but Cameron wouldn’t dare debate ‘Europe’ with Nigel – he’d be pulverised.

    Guido reports that Farage is on maneouvres in Eastleigh. If Huhne goes down then there may be an opportunity to cause mischief.

  2. Yes, it is a good publicity stunt and one that reminded me of the way Mr Cameron made a to-do about having pre-election televised debates knowing that Gordon Brown would flounder. Mr Farage outclasses and outmanoeuvres all his opponents because, not only does he have great command of his subject and the way in which he discusses it, but because he is eminently more likeable than than those who try and outflank him.

    Mr Cameron (Like Mr Clegg and Mr Miliband) has neither the wits nor the intellect to make a credible case against Mr Farage, not only because of his own inabilities as a leader, but also because the ideology he tries to defend is so nakedly flawed.

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