"If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or your arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that you were our countrymen."

Thursday, 6 May 2010

Will We, Won't We

According to Bruno Waterfield of the Telegraph, the Foreign Office has already confirmed that any changes will need re-ratification so, if true, this is a clear opportunity for the British people to finally have their referendum.

When the prospect of having to change the treaty was first raised I thought the the EC would simply add another Protocol and so avoid the necessity of going back to Parliament. The last thing the EC will want is to give the UK Parliament just cause to hold the promised referendum at last and I'm sure they'll do all they can to avoid it. For what it's worth, Cameron has already said that in any in/out referendum he and his Party would campaign vigorously to stay in.

The 'ghost MEPs' aren't the only reason re-ratification might be needed: in light of the Greek meltdown and bailout, Merkel is looking to make changes regarding sanctions and limits of financial responsibility of member states.
Centre Right
European Voice

Sky has the latest on Nigel Farage and the pilot of the plane. Both of them seem to have somehow escaped serious injury and I wish them both well for a speedy recovery. Good luck to Nigel in the Buckingham count tonight.

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