Today I introduce a Bill in the House of Commons that would give the people a direct vote on Britain's membership of the European Union; the European Union Membership (Referendum) Bill.
All three political parties promised us a referendum on the Lisbon Treaty. Yet it never happened.
Naturally, given how government controls Parliament (as opposed to the other way around), my Private Members Bill faces an uphill struggle to become law. But it puts down a marker. It breaks the Westminster taboo. What has been unsaid for too long is now in print on the Order Paper.
This isn't just about Europe. It's about making politics link more directly to the people. It’s about direct democracy and people power.
My Bill is backed by MPs from all parties. And even by MPs who support the EU, but fear it lacks legitimacy without a vote.
Surely the only reason to oppose such a referendum must be fear of the result?
I guarantee that this Bill will be quietly smacked down, but bravo to Douglas for trying.
Cameron's reaction should be interesting too: I wonder how long it will take the massively-foreheaded freak to engineer Douglas's deselection...?