"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."

Tuesday, 26 October 2010

Lewandowski: "A Sacred Prerogative"

EU Budget Commissioner Lewandowski has finally admitted the truth about direct EU taxation: 
"It needs ratification because it is prerogative of a national state to set its own taxes. No taxation without representation – it must be ratified.   This is a sacred prerogative of national parliaments." 
Bill Cash, Conservative chairman of the powerful [sic] House of Commons scrutiny committee, insisted that the question of EU taxation would be examined by MPs in terms of the referendum pledge.
"EU taxation proposals are invasive of British democracy's constitutional position. We will be closely examining these matters in the light of the referendum requirement," he said.
Is it too much to hope that Cameron is just picking his ground?*  He may have done a deal and wriggled out of holding a referendum on a new treaty about economic sanctions but he won't be able to escape this one. There MUST be a referendum on proposals for direct taxation.

European Scrutiny Committee

* On his past performances I'd say 'yes' but, ever the optimist, I live in hope (a small town somewhere outside Little Changes on the Road to Nowhere looking towards Gonesville).

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