Now that EU leaders have agreed to change the treaty, the text will be sent to the European Parliament, the European Commission and the European Central Bank. The three institutions have to give their opinion on proposals to change the treaty but their views do not bind the European Council.Of course we get no referendum, despite the treaty change, and despite this, found on the Tory website by James Pryor
The treaty change will be approved at the European Council in March, if the three institutions have given their views by then. The text will then be sent to the 27 member states for ratification. The aim is to complete ratification by 1 January 2013 so that the mechanism can be set up in June that year.
The treaty change was requested by Germany, which argues that without it the new mechanism could be challenged in Germany's constitutional court.
Join our campaign for an EU referendumIf I was still a Tory I would be ashamed of myself. But I am not, because I couldn't look myself in the eye. Joining UKIP was a one way I could stand up and be honest with myself.
Monday, April 27 2009
Ahead of the European elections on 4th June, David Cameron has launched a campaign to get Gordon Brown to honour his pledge to give the British people a referendum on the EU Treaty.
In their 2005 election manifesto, Labour promised to hold a referendum on the EU Constitution.
David stressed the Lisbon Treaty was a “re-branded” version of that Constitution and attacked Gordon Brown for having “flip-flopped”:
“First he was against the Constitution, then he was for it; one day he promised a referendum, the next he backtracked. While he has chopped and changed, our position has remained exactly the same. We are the only major party to have consistently said that it is up to the British people to decide on our future in Europe.”
David promised that if the Constitution was not in force at the time of the General Election, a Conservative Government would hold a referendum on it, urge a no vote, and reverse Britain’s ratification if successful.
He explained, “I believe that if you make a promise in your manifesto, and the country votes on that manifesto, then you are honour-bound to keep that promise.”