I am 'undeclared'. It seems this is unusual, which surprises me. I didn't even have to think about taking this approach to the referendum. My first step has to be to discuss it with my local Association members. They selected me. They supported me. Without them I wouldn't be an MP. So I've invited them all to join me on Sat at 1.30 in Welshpool. (the Kick-Off is at 4.00). I'm also going to arrange local constituency meetings - probably starting in my own village of Berriew. And friends from other areas have asked me to visit their communities. I'll do what I can.
But what am I going to say when I open the meeting? Not thought it through yet. But I'll have to admit some facts (and they are in very short supply). I have been an 'Outer' since 1975, when I campaigned to leave the EEC the last time such a referendum was held. I've never supported the idea of sub summing the British state into an undemocratic bureaocracy. Whatever, my side lost - and lost big. This fundamental belief has never stopped me working as diligently as I could with the Commission for the interests of whatever body I've been leading over last 40 yrs. But I am a great supporter of the Prime Minister. He's put a massive effort into securing reform. No-one could have tried harder. I would hate the thought of being thought by him to be disloyal. So already conflicted!!
I will make but one brief point. There will be plenty more blog posts over next three months. Where I think it's impossible (deliberately so) is that we have no idea what 'Leave' looks like. And we won't have on June 23rd. The reality is that the Govt is campaigning to stay in, backed up by the entire civil service. If it were ever intended to be a genuine choice, the Govt would be working in preparation for a Leave vote. But it's not. Every Govt sinew is being strained to persuade us to vote Remain. Not willing to contemplate anything else. So there will be no verifiable facts. The Govt will seek to portray Leave as a "Leap into the unknown". And of course it will be. But equally the refugee/immigrant crisis makes remain a bit of an unknown as well! I can but hope that my meetings with members and constituents help clarify their thinking - and mine!!