DAVID Cameron is facing calls from Eurosceptics within his party to recognise a parliamentary vote whereby the Conservatives declared themselves ready to tear up any European Union (EU) treaty. Tory MP John Redwood, a staunch Cameron loyalist, has said the parliamentary party agreed last month that the House of Commons has the constitutional power to withdraw unilaterally from any EU deal such as the Common Agriculture Policy (CAP).
Good! It seems that the Tories have sent Cameron a fairly strong message, and it is one that I whole-heartedly support: the message is "fuck the EU, we want our sovereignty back and your poncey posturing and sucking up to this piece of shit organisation won't work".
The debate dates back to a 15 May vote on regulatory reform, when an amendment was tabled by Bill Cash, one of the Conservative party’s most energetic Eurosceptics. It called for Westminster to assert its primacy over Brussels on this issue.
Bill Cash is my new hero; not only because he is anti-EU but because one has to admire his deviousness. Unfortunately, the amendment failed, but 128 Tories voted for it.
The text of the amendment called for the government to act “notwithstanding the European Communities Act 1972” – a technical form of words which means unilaterally overriding the EU Treaties which Britain has signed since joining the EU.
After long discussion and securing legal approval by the Commons authorities, Cash’s amendment was given formal party backing and more than 100 Conservatives were instructed to vote for it that evening.
Redwood, who chairs the Conservatives’ Economic Competitiveness Policy Group, told The Business that this marks a “fundamental” change in European policy by declaring the sovereignty of the British parliament.
Me, I've always liked Redwood and he had my backing in the leadership contest in 1997; he says sensible things.
Unilateral withdrawal from an EU Treaty would trigger a crisis in Brussels; no member state has yet attempted such a move. But Redwood argues that the threat of withdrawal would help a Cameron government demand a retrospective opt-out.
Fuck it, let's just leave anyway: we would be considerably better off.