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Michael Portillo on Britain and the EU

Former Conservative Cabinet Minister Michael Portillo makes some interesting observations about Britain’s relationship with the EU in The Times this morning: “Nigel Lawson says that he would vote in a referendum for Britain to leave the European Union. So would I.”

Believing “the UK is unhappy in the EU”, Michael discusses the “disaster” of the Euro, a lack of democracy and Britain’s vision in comparison to that of many other European countries. Michael gives his thoughts on senior ministers: “they whinge about Europe but don’t have the self-confidence to pull out” and on the British public: “fooled into believing they were joining a European club.. our unhappiness mounts.”

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Michael Portillo wows audience again

Michael Portillo is one of the most recognisable figures in British politics in recent memory. A prominent former MP and Cabinet Minister, and now a regular contributor to The Daily Telegraph and host of BBC2’s Daily Politics, he’s a man comfortable with addressing audiences of any size, on a variety of topics. He spoke at an event held by a global outsourcing firm earlier this month, and their comments speak for themselves; “Michael was spot on, the perfect balance of humour vs. serious content, there was a huge amount of laughter from the audience in all the right places and we’ve received some fantastic feedback, from both our clients and consultants. We overran on the night but Michael took this completely in his stride.”

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Michael Portillo brands EU referendum “dangerous”

Michael Portillo today asserted his belief that a referendum on Britain’s continuing EU membership would be a “dangerous” gamble.

Cameron had been due to set out his vision for renegotiating Britain’s place in Europe in a highly anticipated speech in Amsterdam on Friday, but cancelled as the Algerian hostage crisis escalated. Cameron had intended to detail his future EU strategy, which entails clawing back powers from Brussels to Britain if the Conservatives win the next general election in 2015. His aim will be to ensure that the UK can remain inside the EU as a trading bloc, but with the scale of bureaucracy, laws and regulation significantly reduced. However, he was also expected to announce a referendum on the new terms of Britain’s membership to be held in 2017-18, which would include the “clear option” of the UK exiting the EU in the event of a “No” vote.

Michael, the former Conservative Defence Secretary, formerly regarded as one of the most Eurosceptic figures in John Major’s Cabinet, said he believed that ““to commit the country to an in-out referendum seems to me to be extraordinarily dangerous,” on Sky News.

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Michael Portillo on the euro crisis

If you can, do try and find time to watch Michael Portillo’s ‘Great Euro Crisis‘ on BBC iplayer. Michael, a “self confessed eurosceptic”, visits Greece and Germany in a bid to understand where the current crisis will end, and whether there is any appetite for a return to national currencies. In Athenian soup kitchens and on picket lines you get a troubling sense of what austerity actually means for Greeks caught out by unemployment and shrinking welfare provision. But none of the Greeks Michael spoke to wanted to swap the euro for the drachma, believing that it promised better government and prosperity in the longer term. Less surprisingly, the German workers on the Porsche assembly line were also committed to the currency zone; though another group of Germans were angry about the bail-outs for Greece. It can’t work for everyone, and it will dilute national democracy, are Michael’s conclusions. Or do the Brits just not get it? The clock is ticking.

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