The EUD welcomes the debate initiated by Prime Minister David Cameron on the future development of the EU and the UK’s relation to it. The EUD stresses the importance of consulting the people as the EU has changed massively over the last two decades (in the EUD’s opinion in the wrong direction – towards a super-state). The EUD opposes the notion of an “ever closer union” and supports more democratic alternatives to the EU that are based on interstate-cooperation such as EFTA membership or bilateral arrangements. Nonetheless, this opportunity to reform the EU must deliver transparency, accountability and better budget control without creating new EU institutions or bodies. Powers must also be returned to all Member States and not only be accumulated by Brussels or returned to the UK alone. Regardless of the much hyped reform negotiations and their outcome it is of utmost importance that this crucial constitutional issue is settled by the British voters without unfair EU influence. During the UK referendum on EU membership the EUD will deploy its acquired EU-referendum experience to monitor the EU institutions – who must remain neutral – and not financially or by other means support the Yes side.