Open Europe have commissioned an ICM poll of 1,000 people that shows overwhelming support for a referendum:
- 86% of all voters want their say on a new transfer of powers to the EU;
- 83% of Labour voters want a referendum, as do 88% of Lib-Dem and Tory voters;
- 43% of Labour voters say they will be “definitely less likely” to vote for Brown if he denies the British people a referendum;
- 65% of all voters told ICM that they would vote against a new treaty that transfers additional powers to the EU;
- Given a three way choice, only 15% of voters would support more powers for the EU. 49% supported less powers for the EU.
A poll by Populus for Global Vision puts support for a referendum at 83%.
Meanwhile, Tony Blair maintains that the new treaty is "good for UK".
Mr Blair said the most important thing about the deal was that it allowed the 27 European nations to move forward.
"The truth is we've been arguing now for many years about the constitutional question," he said.
"This deal gives us a chance to move on. It gives us a chance to concentrate on the issues to do with the economy, organised crime, terrorism, immigration, defence, climate change, the environment, energy - the problems that really concern citizens in Europe."
How would you know what the people of Europe think, you lying fuck? You could only get into power with less 22% of the British electorate voting for you: how the fuck would you know what 450 million people are really concerned about?
The Tories seem to have grown a wee bit of spine.
But shadow foreign secretary William Hague said the government had "absolutely no democratic mandate" to push through the changes that had been made.
"Blair and Brown have signed up to major shifts of power from Britain to the EU and major changes in the way the EU works," Mr Hague said.
"The EU would now be able to sign treaties in its own right and, despite any 'opt-ins', the European Commission and Court of Justice would now have new powers over criminal law."
Mr Hague also said the lack of a referendum on the treaty was a "flagrant breach of a solemn election promise" and that this showed Mr Brown had "no intention of being straight forward" with the people of the UK.
Hague, my little poppet, you had no democratic mandate to push through the Maastricht Treaty, but that didn't stop the Conservatives doing so. Why will the Tories not promise a referendum on our membership of the EU?
But at least the Tories are on the right side: the LibDems also criticised Blair—for not going far enough.
Liberal Democrat leader Sir Menzies Campbell said the treaty had not come "cost-free" for Britain.
"By opting out of the Charter of Fundamental Rights, there is now the danger of a two-tier citizenship in the EU," Mr Campbell said.
The LibDems want to give even more power to the EU than Blair! Absolutely fucking extraordinary.
As usual, Farage spells it out clearly.
The leader of the UK Independence Party, Nigel Farage, accused Mr Blair of "stealth and deceit".
"The real achievement of this summit - and Tony Blair's helped in this - is that the European Union itself has taken a significant step forward to becoming the global superpower that it always sought to be," he said.
Speaking plain sense, as usual.
The treaty will need to be ratified by each of the EU's member states at the end of the year, before entering into force in mid-2009.
Goodbye right to jury trial, goodbye habeas corpus, goodbye presumption of innocence, goodbye economic autonomy, goodbye freedom and goodbye Britain: we are being sold down the river by venal politicians of every stripe.
Fuck, I loathe them all so very, very much.