Wednesday, 5 March 2008

Labour Government vetoes referendum on EU Treaty

Tonight the Conservative amendment calling for a referendum on the EU's Lisbon Treaty has been defeated in Parliament. Despite promising a referendum in their 2005 manifesto on the EU Constitution, the Labour Government has ignored the fact that this Treaty is almost identical to the Constitution and said it won't hold one - probably because it knows it will lose and that will cause huge embarrassment to Gordon Brown.

An absolutely excellent Q&A on the Treaty can be found HERE. Our only hope now is that the House of Lords, where the Bill implementing the Treaty now passes, will hold the Government to account for their manifesto commitment and vote for an amendment calling for a referendum.

UPDATE: Our local Labour MP, Jonathan Shaw, voted to deny the British people a referendum on the EU Treaty last night - something I am sure will be remembered at the next Election.

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