“The fact that the UK is constantly outvoted shows that we need to renegotiate our terms of membership. I want to see a new relationship based on trade and friendly co-operation with the ability to make our own rules in our own parliament.”
To me, that sounds like an awfully familiar argument heard regularly in Wales and Scotland about decisions made in the UK Parliament. But the standard response from people like Paterson is that the UK is a single entity with a single parliament, and that we should stop whingeing about the results of democracy. Why is unhappiness about being outvoted by our neighbours ‘narrow nationalism’ only when expressed by the Welsh or the Scots?