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Originally posted by Lynda101
Germany has looked after her manufacturing base, they are even manufacturing trains for Russia. We use to build trains, what happened to this industry and its workers in this country - how come we couldn't even bid for that contract?
Originally posted by Freeborn
This isn't specifically about EU membership anymore, it is about parliament dictating to the people and denying the majority of people in this country their right to choose.
Dear Mr *********,
Thank you for your two emails of 19 October and today concerning the backbench debate that will take place on Monday 24 October, on a motion asking for a referendum for withdrawal from the European Union.
As you will be aware, I am a member of the Government in my capacity as Attorney General. The position of the Government, and, indeed, of the Conservative Party before the last election, has always been that it does not support withdrawal from the EU. The Government, and all its ministers, will accordingly be voting against the resolution if it is put to the vote at the end of the debate.
I fully appreciate that the future of the EU is an important issue. We derive many advantages from membership, and, as the Prime Minister has said, there are also challenges, which the Government is trying to address through a reform process. We do not believe, however, that pulling out of the EU would be in our national interest.
As a minister, I will not be able to speak in the debate. I will, however, try to attend parts of it, and listen to the views expressed, and will have ample opportunity to discuss the issues raised with my backbench colleagues.
I will also ensure that the views that you, and others, have expressed in this matter by contacting me by email are communicated to my relevant frontbench colleagues, including the Prime Minister.
With best wishes,