Pirate Party Leader Loz Kaye today reiterated the Pirate Party's position on Europe. In a statement in which he referred to the Pirate Party's long standing commitment to a Referendum on the UK's membership of the EU, as well as a commitment to retaining Pound Sterling as a currency, he laid out the need for debate on Europe. The Pirate Party will be standing candidates in the European Parliament Elections in May this year.
Loz Kaye said:
"I would like to take a moment to be really clear: The Pirate Party want a referendum on the UK's membership of the EU. We do not want the UK to join the Eurozone or use the Euro."
"We need a referendum because people deserve a say and our party believes in democracy."
"As a party we support continued membership of the EU, but it is past time for positive change. It is time to make the partnership reflect the wishes of Europe's people. That means renegotiating how the EU works - its far more than just 'repatriating powers'. It is high time the British people have their say, and an EU on the people's terms."
"It is sad then that far from ending speculation, the Labour Leader wants to condemn us to years more of factional fighting and UKIP sniping on the EU issue. The nature of our relationship to the EU has dogged British politics for decades. It is time to confront this head on, it is cowardice to hope the whole thing might go away if we ignore it."
"We have a once in a lifetime opportunity to make a real difference to the direction of a union that should be a benefit to hundreds of millions of people. We can set a direction for the largest economic block in the world, and make sure everyone gets their fair share in it. We can't waste that opportunity out of fear that it might not please everyone, but instead aim to convince as many people as possible of what is right."