Policy stance: Strongly committed to European federalism and joining the Euro at the earliest opportunity. Want to give up our remaining opt outs from various EU policies and join in with schemes like the European arrest warrant, criticising the resistance of the Conservatives and UKIP ‘as resistance to the international fight against ‘drug trafficking, gun smuggling and sex slavery’ (Lib Dem campaign leaflet 2009 European election).
Comment: The Tories are fighting the right of a foreign judge to issue an arrest warrant against a British subject for something which may not even be considered a crime under British Law. This is what the Lib Dems are criticising. They fought the 2005 election pledged to back a referendum on the European Constitution but then, at the first opportunity, voted with the Government on the Lisbon Treaty and ensured there was no referendum before ratification. They can be relied upon to frustrate Cameron’s attempts to repatriate powers from Brussels and they will seek to revive Euro membership as a policy for Britain. At least, by keeping us out, Brown got something right!
If you vote Liberal Democrat, this is what you’re voting for.