Desperate to fend off the local threat from UKIP, a Tory council has done what David Cameron dare not — call for a referendum on EU membership. The Conservative leadership in the District of Tendring tabled and passed a motion demanding a yes/no vote during the next parliament.
Cabinet member Cllr Nick Turner said:
“I have yet to see of know of one single rule, request, demand, law or dictate that has enhanced my life since joining the common market that has now become the EU.”
With some Tendring councillors holding dual mandates as members of Essex County Council, however, the consternation from the Tory side of the town hall has rather more to do with the UKIP threat at next May’s county elections than the finer points of EU directives.
It was left to the independent “Tendring First” party to point out that, errr, the council has no say over Europe.