There’s an extraordinary piece in Tuesday’s Telegraph saying “The Policy Chief writing the UKIP manifesto (the redoubtable Suzanne Evans) has said she agrees with David Cameron’s position on Europe”. This is an extraordinarily mischievous piece of misreporting – she said no such thing.
According to the detailed report, she was asked “If you could negotiate reforms you were happy with, would you agree to stay in?”. This question effectively says “If you were happy with the terms, would you be happy with the terms?”. Put like that, it’s a truism to which the only answer can be “Yes”.
I’d certainly stay in if we could negotiate the EU down to nothing more than a Free Trade Area based solely on trade and voluntary intergovernmental cooperation, and I daresay that would be Suzanne’s position. It certainly isn’t David Cameron’s position, and we certainly don’t agree with David Cameron’s position.
First of all, Cameron won’t get any significant concessions. And secondly, he’ll recommend staying in the EU on the basis of a few minor cosmetic changes. That is about as far away from UKIP’s policy position as it’s possible to get. The Telegraph report is frankly disgraceful.