Under UK's constitutional arrangements, while the Government may make a recommendation, it is ultimately for Parliament to decide whether to hold a referendum on a particular issue.
And since all three parties are pro-EU (despite constant polls showing that the British people generally are not), that is never going to happen.
Fuck Off #1
Referendums in the UK are rare.
Just the way we like it.
Fuck Off #2
Parliament - the elected representatives of the British people -has the right to take important decisions on their behalf.
This is a representative democracy, despite the fact that the current majority party was elected by only 21.6% of the electorate.
Fuck Off #3
Despite the fact that not one of the three main parties are EUsceptic and that not one of them stood on a platform of withhdrawal, or even a referendum, and the British people had no choice but to vote for a pro-EU party (if they voted at all), this is definitely still a representative democracy, isn't it?
Fuck Off #4
This was the case when the UK joined the (then) European Economic Community (EEC) in 1973.
Heath—a fat, futile fool whose majority was considerably slimmer than his waistline and who gave away any advantage this country ever had, sold our Commonwealth partners down the river and made a move so unpopular that one of those "rare" referendums was forced shortly afterwards—was, never the less, a popular representative of the people's wishes.
Fuck Off #5
There was, of course, a referendum on UK membership of the EEC in 1975 because the Labour Government was committed to seeking the approval of the British people for the renegotiated terms of membership which it had obtained.
Since the Tories took us in and a good number of Labour MPs were opposed (including Tony Benn: on the right side, for once, but for entirely the wrong reasons), we were happy to hold a referendum which was voted in by anyone who is currently over the age of 50.
However, since we didn't want to actually lose the referendum, we smeared the antis- as loons and little Englanders. We also lied—as Heath did when he took this country into the EEC—as to the purpose of the organisation. We kept telling people that it was only a free market and not a project whose eventual aim was a European superstate.
Fuck Off #6
Thereafter, each Treaty change - notably the Single European Act and the Treaties of Maastricht, Amsterdam and Nice - has been ratified following the passing of an Act of Parliament.
We haven't held referendums on any of these Treaties as we weren't in power, but we were happy to let the Tories go ahead and ratify them. Although this was especially egregious in the case of Maastricht, when Major treated it as a vote of confidence, we are actually pretty pro- the whole idea, so get stuffed.
Fuck Off #7
Subject to Parliament's agreement, the Government has committed itself to a referendum on the Treaty establishing a Constitution for Europe before its ratification by the UK.
Indeed you did, Tony. In fact, at 3.30pm on Monday 21st June 2004, you committed to a referendum regardless of the results from any other countries. I quote:
Regardless of how other members vote, we will have a referendum on the subject.
So where is it?
Fuck Off #8
Following the 'no' votes in referendums in France and the Netherlands, however, the future of the Constitutional Treaty is now unclear.
No, it's not and you know it. You know precisely what is happening to the Treaty. Indeed, two people are in a position to know, Elaib spelt it out, as did Dan Hannan MEP.
The 27 heads of government will be asked to approve this plan at a dinner in Berlin next month. Shorn of its otiose paragraphs, the constitution will be less than half its present length. It will still specify the changes in national voting weights, the creation of an EU presidency and foreign minister, and a slight extension in majority voting. But the French and Dutch governments will claim that the new version is too trivial to warrant new referendums, as will the other governments that fear their Euro-sceptic publics: Sweden, Poland and Britain.
Are you seriously expecting us to believe that you, the Prime Minister, don't know all of this?
Fuck Off #9
And what of your promise of a referendum—and I'll say it again—"regardless of how other members vote"?
Geoff Hoon, the Europe minister, has confirmed that the Government's promise of a referendum on the constitution would not apply to a "mini-treaty".
Ah, it's not going to happen, despite the fact that this is still essentially a European Constitution, you are weaselling out of it by saying that it is not the Constitution.
Fuck Off #10
Well, Prime Minister; in those two paragraphs you have told us to fuck off not once, but ten times. So here's your humble Devil's message to you and all politicos: FUCK OFF, FUCK OFF, FUCK OFF, FUCK OFF, FUCK OFF, FUCK OFF, FUCK OFF, FUCK OFF, FUCK OFF, FUCK OFF.
And one for luck: FUCK OFF AND DIE.