After months of weighing up the arguments to remain or leave, East Midlands MEP Andrew Lewer MBE has decided that “on balance” he will be voting against staying in the European Union.
Announcing his decision, Andrew said he remained concerned that the deal struck by European leaders late yesterday (19 February) was not secure, could be further watered down by the European Parliament and disregarded by the European Court of Justice.
“I had high hopes for the renegotiation,” commented Andrew. “It was our best opportunity to rein in the EU and hand back powers to national parliaments.
“Without real treaty change, even this deal can be amended or blocked by the European Parliament or cast aside by the European courts. It means we will not know details of our final package until after we have voted remain or leave in the 23 June referendum.”
Andrew added: “We needed fundamental reform of the EU. The EU needed to become a modern, effective force across Europe. Unfortunately, I do not believe the EU is willing or capable of delivering change and has made its priority clear – to create an ever-closer union.
“That is why on balance I have decided that the UK would be better off leaving the EU.