EU poll ‘a once in a generation choice’, says IDS
Former Conservative Party leader Iain Duncan-Smith has sent out a defiant message from Holbeach to voters still waivering over what to decide in today’s EU referendum.
“When something doesn’t work, you get out and that’s my message,” Mr Duncan-Smith said.
The ex-Work and Pensions Secretary was in Holbeach on the final leg of a “fast and furious” tour of eastern England, including Chatteris and King’s Lynn, ahead of the all-important vote from 7am until 10pm tonight.
Mr Duncan-Smith said: “My sense is that there’s a mood that people have had enough, they want to get back their government and if we do, we’ll no longer be under the European Court of Justice and sitting under this undemocratic, appointed bunch of people at the (European) Commission.
“Then you can control your borders, then you can get control back of migration from the EU, then you can set your own laws, make your own treaties and Britain will boom.”
Mr Duncan-Smith admitted that his views on UK membership of the EU were formed whilst serving in Prime Minister David Cameron’s Government from May 2010 until his resignation as Work and Pensions Secretary in March this year.
“I wasn’t absolutely certain about whether to leave about a year or two ago because I thought it just may be possible to get the EU to reform,” Mr Duncan-Smith said.
“But I realised it was just impossible and I watched this all from inside government.
“The thing it taught me was that the EU just do not want to reform and when the Prime Minister said that we’ve got these nine things that we want to reform, including control of our borders, he didn’t get a single one of them.
“You’d think that the EU would actually offer up reform if they thought we might go, but the fact they didn’t tells you everything you need to know about what the EU really thinks about us.”
I’ve been working with Labour, UKIP, Conservatives, all working together because we care about the future of our country
Mr Duncan-Smith was, however, less certain when asked how his party and Parliament in general would recover after the referendum outcome becomes known tomorrow.
He said: “I can’t tell you what the future will look like, but political parties will always be divided on big things like this.
“I’ve been working with Labour, UKIP, Conservatives, all working together because we care about the future of our country.”
Chris Brandon-King of Sutton Bridge, who met Mr Duncan-Smith in Holbeach, said: “It’s desperately important for people from either side of the EU debate to get their message out to as many people on the ground as possible because it’s such an important discussion.”
In supporting that view, Mr Duncan-Smith himself added: “We have one simple choice to make on Thursday.
“It’s a once-in-a-generation choice and you don’t get a second chance at it.”