Rt Hon David Cameron, Tuesday, May 26 2009
* Fixing Broken Politics *
THE EU AND THE HRA
But the tragic truth today is that no matter how much we strengthen
Parliament or hold government to account...
...there will still be forces at work in our country that are completely
unaccountable to the people of Britain.
People and organisations that have huge power and control over our daily
lives and yet which no citizen can actually get at.
Almost half of all the regulations affecting our businesses come from
And since the advent of the Human Rights Act, judges are increasingly
making our laws.
The EU and the judges - neither of them accountable to British citizens
- have taken too much power over issues that are contested aspects of
...and which should therefore be settled in the realm of democratic
It's no wonder people feel so disillusioned with politics and Parliament
when they see so many big decisions that affect their lives being made
So a progressive reform agenda demands that we redistribute power from
the EU to Britain and from judges to the people.
We will therefore hold a referendum on the Lisbon Treaty, pass a law
requiring a referendum to approve any further transfers of power to the
EU, negotiate the return of powers, and require far more detailed
scrutiny in Parliament of EU legislation, regulation and spending.