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Douglas Carswell MP looks for a vote on continued EU membership

This may either strengthen or wreck his career as a politician, Douglas Carswell MP has tabled a Bill in The House of Commons, The European Union Membership (Referendum) Bill. Following the failure of all of the major parties to fulfill their commitments to hold a referendum on the Lisbon Treaty he has decided that after decades of ignoring the views of the public it is time now to involve us in a decision about our future with the EU.

Naturally, given how government controls Parliament (as opposed to the other way around), my Private Members Bill faces an uphill struggle to become law. But it puts down a marker.  It breaks the Westminster taboo.  What has been unsaid for too long is now in print on the Order Paper.

If it is too late to have a vote on the Lisbon Treaty – and I think it is – then we need to have a vote on Rome.

I like his sentiments but somehow cannot see this government or the next to acceding to his wishes, but it would be interesting to have the debate and see what arguments are offered for continued membership and what the counter proposals would be for life outside of the EU.

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Written by curly

December 20, 2009 at 12:14 pm

Posted in Blogging, Europe, politics

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