The ’Vote for Change’ theme is reflected in the Conservatives’ and Unionists’ view of the European Union, which is considered, “too inflexible; too bureaucratic; too out of touch with the spirit of the age“.
“The Conservatives and Unionists offer a modern vision for Europe - one that is firmly in tune with the instincts of the British people.”
The party is committed to pursuing a Union which has a single market of independent but cooperating nation states at its heart. It rejects the federal model favoured by France and Germany, which it believes remains entrenched within the provisions of the Lisbon Treaty. If that treaty is not ratified before a Conservative government takes power at Westminster, it will guarantee a referendum on the repackaged constitution. Furthermore, a requirement for future treaties to be tested against public opinion, by referendum, will be enshrined in legislation.