Fox, Trots out the Mantra
And we must not allow an obsession with the European Union to blind us to the challenges and opportunities in an ever more dynamic world.
Europe is becoming economically stagnant, its share of world trade falling. That is bad news for Britain because it will damage our prosperity. That is why we need to have a bold new vision for Europe. The EU is locked in the past. We need an agenda for the 21st century.
We need to break away from the whole outdated concept of "ever closer union". The inevitable destination of "ever closer union" is union. The Conservative party should never accept that Britain's destiny lies in a united states of Europe.
We need to lead a Europe that is decentralised, outward looking, and competitive. We need fewer regulations and powers brought back to the nation states.
We should be leading new Europe, where the Czechs, the Poles, the Baltic states share our view of the world. Many have just shaken off one oppressive foreign regime. Why would they want another based in Brussels?
That is why I believe we should end our current relationship with the European people's party (EPP). We cannot be seen to be saying one thing at home and another in Brussels. We must have consistency. We should form a new, forward-thinking and outward-looking group in the European Parliament that is pro-market, non-integrationist and Atlanticist.
We must work in tandem with the United States, for seeing America as a rival rather than a partner is a French view of the world, not a British one.
It is not a question we can duck: it is a test of our sincerity.
And so say all of us. and so say all of us. For Foxy's a jolly good fellow and so say all of us.
We need to break away from the whole outdated concept of "ever closer union". The inevitable destination of "ever closer union" is union.