The President of the Liberal Democrats and MP for Westmorland and Lonsdale has made it clear that he will not vote for the Referendum Bill being put forward on 5th July by Conservative James Wharton.
In an email written today (13th June 2013) to Ben Berry he said that the Referendum Bill would be “disastrous”. This is despite repeatedly stating that a referendum is required and his sop of a rebellion over the Lisbon treaty.
Ben Berry commented saying “its time to put a referendum in law, not just on leaflets at election time.”
The full response from Tim Farron Mp can be read below.
Thank you very much for your recent email with regard to the future referendum upon UK membership of the EU.
I believe a referendum is required and I have said that numerous times both publicly and privately. My position has not and will not change. I’m sure that you know that I broke the whip in order to vote against my party on the call for a referendum on the Lisbon Treaty. However I also consider that the proposal in the Private Member’s Bill at this time would be disastrous for British business. Whilst we do need a referendum, it is the resolution of the economic mess that we were left by Labour that must receive our time and attention first.
With best wishes
TIM FARRON MP