Better Off Out Press Release
The Joint Lords and Commons Better Off Out group has extended its membership following the General Election.
The new Conservative members include Gordon Henderson, MP for Sittingbourne and Sheppey, David Nuttall, MP for Bury North, Andrew Percy, MP for Brigg and Goole, Mark Reckless, MP for Rochester and Strood and Laurence Robertson, MP for Tewkesbury. Two newly elected DUP members have also added their support to the group; Ian Paisley, MP for North Antrim and Jim Shannon, MP for Strangford.
David Nuttall MP stated “I believe the British people should now be given the chance to express their view on our continued membership of the EU. It costs billions of pounds each year and our continued membership means the other member countries can tell this country what to do. I entirely agree with the Prime Minister that we should we regain powers which have been ceded to the European Union and indeed I believe our Country would be better off if we left the EU and regained full sovereignty over all our affairs. We could still work together with our European neighbours in areas where it would be in our national interest to do so.”
Mark Reckless commented, “I believe that we should be an independent country, trading with Europe, but governing ourselves.”
Gordon Henderson said, “Those of us who voted to become part of the European Economic Community did so because we wanted to be part of a wider free trade area. We didn’t vote for the endless stream of regulation that spews out from Brussels every year, nor the ever increasing cost of maintaining an unaccountable bureaucracy and a European Parliament that continues to weaken the ability of Westminster politicians to legislate in the best interests of the British People. It is time for our country to have a proper say in our nation’s future which is why I will continue to press at every opportunity for a referendum on Britain’s continued membership of the European Union.”
The seven new members join the other twenty eight cross-party Members and Peers who argue that Britain would be better off out of the EU. The Better Off Out group was launched in April 2006 by the Freedom Association.
GORDON HENDERSON MP
Sittingbourne and Sheppey