Updated: Thursday, 23rd November 2017 @ 12:04pm

Piccadilly Pulse: As David Cameron promises for referendum, should the UK leave the EU?

Piccadilly Pulse: As David Cameron promises for referendum, should the UK leave the EU?

By Michael Kelleher

David Cameron has pledged an in/out referendum on Britain’s EU membership within five years if the Conservatives win the next election.

The Prime Minister, much to the dismay of his counterparts in France and Germany, said it is time for the people of the UK to ‘have their say’ on the contentious matter.

The Tory leader wants to renegotiate Britain’s relationship with the EU and then give people a ‘simple choice’ as to whether to stay in the EU or leave altogether.

He has promised to call a referendum on the issue by 2017 at the latest if he is re-elected.

Cameron indicated he would campaign ‘heart and soul’ for Britain to stay in the EU if he can secure a new relationship he is happy with.

The move was welcomed by Eurosceptics who have long campaigned for such a vote but was condemned by business leaders far from thrilled with the prospect of years of uncertainty.

Opposition leader Ed Miliband criticised Cameron’s proposal saying it was ‘going to put Britain through years of uncertainty, and take a huge gamble with our economy’.

MM took to the streets to find out where the people of Manchester stand on this very important issue. We asked…

Should the UK leave the EU?

Option

Result

Yes

34%

No

66%

Stephen Hughes, 49, dentist, Rochdale: “Removing ourselves from the EU may prevent us from being involved in future trade dealings which may have a negative impact on our economy.”

Dan Forras, 27, quantity surveyor, Melbourne: “If we the UK leave it would sever trade links with the rest of the EU and doing that would be a disaster for their economy.”

Ben Shepherd, 39, teacher, Wigan: “It’s time to put an end to the indecision. We don’t use the Euro. We are only half-in at the moment anyway. All in or all out and I reckon our heart is not in it.”

Sarah Jones, 19, student, Stockport: “I feel like we would isolate ourselves and it would really be a bad thing to be cut off from the rest of Europe.”

Lauren Richardson, 34, nurse, Hyde: “Our resources are being drained helping other countries with their financial debt and that money would be better served being put into our own economy.”

Phillip Porterfield, 50, IT consultant, Hulme: “It’s mad. We mustn’t blame the recession on our EU membership. The fact is it could be doubly as bad if we had faced it on our own. There is no need to go running at the first sign of trouble.”

Wayne Carroll, 23, soldier, Moss Side: “We have enough problems in this country to be focusing on without worrying about everybody else’s in Europe. Get us out of it.”

Natasha Adams, 23, student, Durham: “With the US being so powerful and countries like China going from strength to strength it is important for Britain to stay in the EU so it continues to have strong voice in world affairs.”

Picture courtesy of CeCILL, with thanks

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