THE prospect of a referendum on whether or not the UK should remain in the European Union looked closer to becoming a reality as of this week.
MPs look set to be asked to vote for an in/out referendum on the UK’s membership of the European Union after eurosceptic Tory MP James Wharton topped the ballot for private members bills in the Commons.
Stockton South MP James Wharton was one of 116 Tory rebels who voted on amendment to the Queen’s speech, “regretting” that there was no draft referendum legislation.
Just days ago, Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg said “It’s a question of when, not if”, while prime minister David Cameron was forced to publish wording for a referendum bill on behalf of his party but not the government.
Meanwhile, the SNP government has received legal advice on a potentially independent Scotland’s membership in the EU.
Robert Swan, an 89-year-old from Busby shopping at The Avenue in Newton Mearns, believes there is “absolutely no harm in having a referendum.
“That’s just democracy; people have a right to choose on issues as important as being a member of the European Union.
“ However, I still have mixed feelings about who I would vote for if I was given the choice.”
Gardener Alex Leckie, from Newton Mearns, thinks if Scotland remains in the UK then the “status quo should remain”.
The 45-year-old continued: “However, if Scotland does become independent, then a referendum on whether or not we should join the EU is a must.”
Susan Christie, a public relations director based in Newton Mearns, said: “Everybody should have a chance to have their say.”
And Vito Lorenz, a 74-year-old from Newton Mearns, is emphatic that a referendum is the right way forward.
The retired wine merchant told The Extra: “Many economies are failing , or have failed while members of the European Union.
“People should have a chance to decide whether or not they think continued membership is the correct way forward.”