The commentators 27-05-15
The more Germany and France talk up eurozone convergence, the more they play into the hands of Britain’s Eurosceptics. The zone’s competitiveness in world markets is declining, as is its ability to meet the aspirations of its poorer members. The siren call for a different sort of Europe will grow stronger – and Cameron will in effect have to defend the status quo. But at least he is holding a referendum. Few of his fellow European leaders would dare take that risk.
- Simon Jenkins, The Guardian
The Conservatives say this is a decision for Britons, that is, (nudge, nudge, wink, wink) not a decision for foreigners with vested interests. No Poles or Romanians voting, thank you very much. Yet, who can vote will be anachronistic. If you hold a passport from Fiji, India or Mozambique, you will be able to vote – even if you've only lived here for a year – as Commonwealth citizens can vote in general elections. My grandmother who has lived here for 60 years won't. It doesn't make any sense.
- Mike Harris, The Independent
It is right that, as Downing Street outlined yesterday, the EU referendum, when it comes, will be restricted to those who voted for it in the general election this month. This is not a conspiracy to rig the vote, as some have spuriously claimed, but an entirely proper move that will actually exclude some Britons (expats who have lived abroad for a long time) as well as those EU citizens living in the UK.
In fact the reality is that citizens of other countries on the Continent do have a vote on their relationship with the EU, and are exercising it. In Spain and in Poland this weekend, elections have taken place which signal a dramatic popular disapproval with the status quo
- Daily Telegraph
He is the last person those fighting to keep Britain in should want campaigning for them.
This is the man who chose to give Brussels billions of pounds extra every year by signing away part of our rebate. He also oversaw rocketing levels of migration into this country. When 10 new countries joined the EU in 2004 many existing member states imposed transitional controls on migrants to minimise the impact. Not Blair, he just threw the doors wide open.
- Daily Express
Politicians have decided that they don't need us any more. They are connecting directly with the voters.
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