At the last General Election, Labour promised us a referendum on the European Union ( “EU” ) Constitution but now it appears that promise is going to be broken.
Labour claim a referendum is not needed because the new document is called a “Treaty” rather than a “Constitution”. I don’t care what it is called for all intents and purposes the document is, by any measure, substantially the same as the original Constitution and it means giving away more powers to the EU. It would create a new EU president and lead to the loss of at least 60 of our national vetoes. It gives the
EU the power to make treaties and introduces a new ratchet clause that would make it easier for the EU to take on even more powers in the future. Just before becoming Prime Minister Gordon Brown said “the manifesto is what we put to the public. We’ve got to honour that manifesto. That is an issue of trust for me with the electorate.” That manifesto included the promise of a referendum.
There is now a cross party campaign for a referendum and if you think there should be a referendum please sign the online petition at