Your questions to David Cameron on the EU Referendum revealed
We had scores of replies and it proved a difficult process in whittling them down to just eight, as requested by 10 Downing Street.
Even after out High Noon deadline today, they kept coming in, so sorry to disappoint those who sent their questions in after that time and to those whose questions didn’t make the cut.
For the record, here are the ones that did. How will he do, and will he need to phone a friend? Time will tell.
1: What does David Cameron think are the main reasons for eight consecutive prime ministers of the UK (every prime minister since the UK joined in January 1973, from across all parties) supporting EU Membership?
2: As the UK has absolutely no influence or power in the EU at the moment, why would anyone in their right mind want to vote to Remain? I personally do not want to be ruled by Germany. My father and grandfather must be turning in their graves, after the sacrifices they made to keep this country free.
3: If, as the Government would have us believe, exit from the EU would effectively see us ‘falling of the cliff’, in economic terms, why did he say he would recommend exit if we couldn’t get the deal he wanted around relatively minor demands on issues not directly related to the economic prosperity of Britain? Furthermore, why did he ever promise a referendum on the issue, knowing full well the dangers of an exit on our future prosperity – surely a risk not worth taking given the catastrophic consequences of exit that the Remain camp is now trying to scare everybody to death with?
4: I would like to ask the PM one single straight question… I would like him to tell me why we send millions of pounds weekly to Brussels when we have record numbers of kids using food banks. He says we will be £4300 per house worse off if we leave…. Does that mean even more kids using food banks…. Can these kids be any worse off?
5: Given your experience of negotiating trade deals, do you think that it is realistic that the UK would be able to get trade deals in place with other EU countries and the USA within two years of a Leave vote?
6: On a scale of one to 10, how realistic does David Cameron think Michael Gove’s claim he could negotiate European Free Trade Association membership without the UK being subject to any EU law, any of the fundamental principles set out in the founding treaty of the EU and free from any other market regulation designed to ensure consistency of quality?
7: Rather than both camps arguing about economic details and tit for tat comments on other subjects, don’t you think that the important issue is the right to determine our own laws and legislation through a democratically elected, and, if necessary, deselected parliament…Rather than an unelected “ politburo” of bureaucrats, which will treat us with even more contempt if we vote “Remain “. There may be some difficulties at times if we leave, but they will be ours to solve as an independent and free democratic country.
8: My wife and step daughter are Portuguese and have lived in England for 10 years now, what I want to know is that if we leave the EU are my wife and step daughter’s rights going to be affected? Will they still be able to visit family back in Portugal and return back home to England without problem or restriction? This is a great concern to myself and my family, the referendum is a huge decision and for many people it has different meanings and importance, we are very close to making one of the biggest decisions of our lives yet the vast majority of public do not have the correct information to make such an important vote.