Tuesday, May 04, 2010

Lisbon Treaty - back again?

Over at the TPA blog my colleague Lee Rotherham points out that the Lisbon Treaty is set to come before Parliament again for re-ratification in a few weeks.

Surely this is a golden opportunity for Cameron, if he really wants a referendum, to promise one? It is hard to imagine a better way to put Brown and Clegg on the spot about whether they believe the people should have a say on Lisbon or not.

Even if Cameron did not promise a referendum, in a hung Parliament he would surely struggle to get Better Off Out MPs such as Douglas Carswell and Philip Davies or even less pronounced eurosceptics to vote in favour of ratifying Lisbon without the approval of the people.

The EU Constitution has shown a remarkable ability to repeatedly rise from the grave when it had been thought to be dead. Perhaps it is now about to do the reverse.

5 comments:

Shaun Pilkington said...

A stake through the heart, decapitation and garlic in the gob is the traditional way of dispatching the undead who seek to bleed you dry...

John R said...

CalMeDave's poll lead started to evaporate when he reneged on his "cast iron" promise of a referendum on the Consitution (for that's what it still is despite the name change) itself. His paper thin excuse about not promising a vote after he's elected didnt even cover his blushes.

After looking very hard for several months I see no sign that he is really conservative even though he is wearing a blue rosette in this campaign. Despite this new opportunity being an absolute gift to draw the teeth of the Limp Dims, NuLiebore AND UKIP my prediction is that no way on this earth will we be allowed our say on this matter.

Anonymous said...

If the Tories get in then be prepared for an early disappointment. They are not against the EU and this will reveal their true colours.

Wossat? said...

Watch Wavy Davy perform an auto recto-cranial insertion...

cosmic said...

The Tories make "tough on Europe" noises from time to time and as occasion demands. When it comes to it, they've always drawn us further in.

They clearly have no intention whatsoever of honouring what they find it necessary to say, and the noises are best taken in the same light-hearted spirit in which they were obviously made. They're just noises.

Cameron believes most sincerely in whatever is necessary to say he believes in to get into No 10 and run the UK town hall parliament.

It's a choice between various flavours of social democrats. Like American ice cream there's a thousand flavours and they all taste the same.