7th January 2013: Andrew Brons has received a response to his Question Requiring a Written Answer on Britain's Membership of the European Union.
Andrew's question was:
"A nationwide Observer opinion poll in the UK reveals that 56 % of the UK’s population would likely vote to leave the EU in a referendum, with only 30 % in favour of remaining.
The Commission will, of course, be aware of negative sentiment in the UK from its own sources.
"1. Is the Commission engaged in any internal discussions or preparations in respect of the probability that the UK will eventually secede from the EU and will almost certainly demand the negotiation of a repatriation of competences?
"2. Does the Commission consider that it will be better able to carry out its objective of building an ever closer union without the hostile presence, veto and voting weight of the UK?
The answer was provided by the President of the European Commission himself, José Manuel Barroso.
His briefest of replies noted:
"2. No. The Commission remains convinced that the UK's membership of the EU is in the best interests of both the UK and the EU as a whole."