In his online Q&A with Telegraph readers yesterday, David Cameron promised
a parliamentary ambush of Gordon Brown on the EU Treaty. Over the
summer a growing number of Labour MPs have voiced doubts about not
allowing a public vote and the TUC is today expected to back one of two motions urging a referendum.
Mr Cameron told The Telegraph:
new treaty is the constitution in all but name according to the
Spanish, Irish and French prime ministers. They have all said this is
either 93, 95 or 98 per cent the same. It is absolutely clear the
treaty is pretty much the same as the constitution. So that referendum
should happen. Labour MPs should stick to what they promised. They
should vote for our motion when we bring it forward in the House of
Chances of defeating rather than just embarrassing Gordon Brown receded
overnight, however, when it emerged that the Liberal Democrat
leadership is minded to support the Government's position despite the
doubts of many individual LibDem MPs. Interviewed by the Financial Times,
the LibDem leader and pro-EU Menzies Campbell said that a vote was “not
necessary” because the new Treaty was “sufficiently different” from the
“My judgment is a referendum is
not necessary on this document.. But if we were to have a referendum,
then it is worth considering a more fundamental referendum, in a sense
of being in or out.”
This is not the first nor even the second time that Ming has shown pro-Brown tendencies. Voters in LibDem-Tory marginals need to know that Ming's heart is on the left and every inclination of a LibDem party that he leads will be to support Gordon Brown's agenda.
NuLab – Destroying Britain from the inside out.