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Delegate views: EU referendum
Labour Party members at their Bournemouth conference give their opinion on whether Gordon Brown should hold a referendum on the EU constitutional treaty:

JOSEPH FITZPATRICK, OLDHAM EAST AND SADDLEWORTH

He shouldn't because it isn't a constitution.

Joseph Fitzpatrick

If we had a referendum it would not be about the constitution anyway. It would be about whether we are in Europe or not. That's not a realistic option.

It would be like my children voting on whether they should have a dad or not. It is not realistic.

I campaigned against it as a young leftie - but we have to accept it is a reality now.

KEITH CRAMPTON, SCUNTHORPE

I am not convinced. If I was pushed I would say that is what was in the manifesto and that is what we should do.
Keith Crampton

But the case for a constitutional treaty has got to be made more clearly. It has to be explained to the public.

They have got to reach out to the hearts and minds of the unions and reach out to the wider community.

My gut feeling is that you can not have a referendum unless you have a very simple, straightforward question.

RUSSELL CARTWRIGHT, LUTON

It was 1975 when we last had a referendum. We have had 32 years to take stock. We have had successive, incremental changes since then through a series of treaties.

Russell Cartwright

It may be time to have a debate on the direction Europe is taking and whether it is right or not.

From a socialist point of view, I wouldn't think the current state of Europe is what most working people would want.

Gordon Brown might be hoping one of the other member states rescues him by rejecting the treaty, in the way Blair was saved by France and the Netherlands.

KEVIN LEE, BURY SOUTH

It is very different for us, compared to other member states, because we have got the red lines. So I don't think there is any need for a referendum.

Kevin Lee

Gordon Brown has done a lot to improve openness, with citizens' juries, since he became prime minister, on health and education.

But the EU does not feature as a main concern on the doorstep. People are far more interested in health and education for their kids.

PAT BROWN, HORNCHURCH AND UPMINSTER

I think there are too many consultations and referendums. We elect people to represent us and if we disagree with them we put our views across in different ways.

Pat Brown

I don't think there is any point in having a referendum on a constitution when most people don't understand what it is about.

Even if you explained it better to people, it would just be taken over by the eurosceptics. It would just be about political point scoring.

JONATHAN BRASH, HARTLEPOOL

I don't really believe in referendums. The Tories only want one because they are anti-European.

Jonathan Brash

There are so many half-truths told about the EU by the media that it would not be a fair debate.

The government needs to do a better job in getting the pro-European message across, but that will take years. It would not happen in a referendum campaign.




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