Comment at end
3rd November, 2009
CAMERON: “TREATY REFERENDUM NOT NOW POSSIBLE”
“BRITISH PEOPLE LET DOWN” & “CAMERON BADLY ADVISED” & “CAMERON OUT, BILL CASH IN” say Euro-sceptic Tories
It’s been a fast-moving day.
No sooner had the Czech constitutional court decided that the Lisbon treaty was not counter to the Czech constitution than their reluctant president had signed and ratified it. Job done. Wheels off Cameron’s campaign.
So here in Britain, shadow Foreign Secretary William Hague said – (drum roll, purlease, people!! Watch here)
“The Conservatives will not hold a referendum on the EU treaty if they win a general election”
Mr Hague said ratification of the treaty by the Czechs – the last EU country to do so – meant the Tory campaign for a referendum “ends today”. He also said that Tory leader David Cameron would set out details of a new policy on Europe on Wednesday … “not letting matters rest” etc.
But Mr Cameron did have this to say:
David Cameron: (watch video) – “It looks like this treaty will no longer be a treaty but will be part of European Law”
“IT LOOKS LIKE”?
What on earth did our soon-to-be PM expect? Did he have to wait until Klaus had signed before he realised it was going to be incorporated into EU law? Or was our Dave playing fast and loose with promises to the voters?
Meanwhile, over at Conservative Home they were advising Cameron to be quick in deciding what he was now going to say and do about his promised referendum. Now that all 27 EU states were signed up to Lisbon, Dave had better hurry before the bloggers, The Mail and the party members tell him his policy! Civil war would be unfortunate right now.
But here’s a thought – if the Tories actually HADN’T realised what the legal position would be after ratification (from 1st December as it happens) – Gord ‘elp us!