Thursday, 28 June 2007

EU referendum campaign

As usual the leaders of the EU have shown their lack of respect for democracy and the European electorate by bringing the failed constitution back in a form that they say only needs to be ratified by national parliaments - unless you are lucky enough to live in Ireland or Denmark where constitutional changes have to go to referendum.

There's an excellent piece by Daniel Hannan in the Telegraph that eloquently dissects the way that Brussels operates, why the British government doesn't want a referendum and why it is essential that this pseudo-constitution be put to the vote. The "escalator clause" allowing Brussels to extend its jurisdiction without further treaties is a huge concern as is the French amendment removing the commitment to free competition. The huge irony being that the free market is the only thing that the British people ever signed up for.

There is a petition for a referendum here.

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