In one of the most appalling and outrageous moves of the coalition government yet, Nick Clegg made it plain that they are planning to waive through proposed amendments to the controversial Lisbon Treaty without a referendum.
This is appalling and totally not what I voted for. Mr. Clegg, a former MEP, said: ‘We are not going to reopen this issue of the repatriation of powers. We are not proposing to go backwards.’ That is Mr. Clegg’s interpretation of the situation, not the interpretation of the thousands of people who voted for and were promised a public vote on any new amendments. I have no respect whatsoever for Nick Clegg, he is an opportunist.
As reported in today’s Saturday Mail, Eurosceptic Douglas Carswell said: “Nick Clegg talks a great game on renewing politics yet here we have him saying the Government is going to renege on its promise to hold a referendum. ‘Thanks to Mr Clegg, we have spent many hours debating and voting on a referendum to change the voting system, which was not in the manifesto of either Coalition party. ‘Yet somehow there is never time to debate a referendum on the EU, which was until recently the policy of both the Coalition parties.
‘Ministers are trying to claim that this treaty does not affect us. But the EU institutions now reach into our lives to such an extent that that is no longer a plausible argument. We have seen that this week, with the EU courts demanding votes for prisoners and our own failure to freeze the EU budget.”
Hear, hear, Mr. Carswell! This is what I feared all along. I did not vote for Nick Clegg and the thought of doing so is absolute anathema to me. This is the man who is such a rabid pro-European, he wrote an article saying Britain should be put in her place! I am shocked that David Cameron is going along with this. So when Boris spoke out in April 2010, and he was blamed by Cameron and Hague because they said legally they couldn’t do anything – Boris was right then! It isn’t that they are hidebound legally, They don’t want to, and we get no say in the matter.
Mr. Cameron and certain members of his government are supposed to be so keen on the coalition, that he is thinking about foisting the abomination on the country for longer than the proposed 5 years, according to Francis Maude. That would be a betrayal of the rights of every individual in the UK who voted Tory. As is this action over the Lisbon Treaty now. We are being sold out.