Saturday, 26 January 2013

Rusty Cast Iron Guarantee

How history seems to repeat itself over Europe. So many broken promises, see below for a list.

Cameron had again promised a referendum, but has not given a cast iron guarantee. Which he did last time he broke his promise. So who will beleive him? Not the eurosceptics who have abandoned the major parties and joined Ukip. Probably not even his own backbenches, many of whom who seem to hate Europe.

The Greens support a referendum, because the british people have been promised it so many times they deserve one. But we would vote to stay in, though we also want to reform the EU.

Green Party leader Natalie Bennett said that the Green Party stood for "Three Yeses - yes to a referendum, yes to major EU reform and yes to staying in a reformed Europe".

"2007: The European Commission proposes a replacement treaty, which comes to be known as the Lisbon Treaty. The Labour government says it is a different document, amending not overwriting existing treaties, and a referendum is not needed. Conservative leader David Cameron gives a "cast-iron guarantee" to hold a referendum on any treaty emerging from the Lisbon process if he becomes PM

2008: Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg calls for an "in-out" referendum on UK membership of the EU. MPs reject a Conservative call for a referendum on whether the Lisbon Treaty should be ratified by 63 votes. 15 Labour MPs and 14 Lib Dems rebel against their parties

2008: The UK ratifies the Lisbon Treaty. The High Court rejects calls for a judicial review of the decision by Tory MP Bill Cash and businessman Stuart Wheeler. They claim ratification without a referendum was illegal

2009: David Cameron admits he will not be able to fulfil his pledge to hold a referendum on the Lisbon Treaty because it has been ratified by all EU member states."

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