What is truly amazing about this is that he has bothered to say it - Surely he does not expect anyone to actually believe anything he promises, after he has been so assiduous in avoiding honouring his party’s election manifesto pledge.
It is clear he does not think a referendum would support the so-called ‘treaty’ - So he has to have rubber stamped the thing whilst clearly believing he was doing so, against the wishes of the majority of the electorate.
He must have a very curious concept of the concept of ‘representing the electorate’ and as an MP and PM is he not elected specifically to represent our interests and concerns?
He gives every appearance of seeking to subvert the UK democratic process on behalf of the European Project.
No matter your views on Europe, if you care about democracy - and the legitimacy of the ‘treaty’, then many will want to express their opinion in a referendum. Only parliament, if it has the stomach for it, can demand one now.
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Why not write asking them to demand a referendum in parliament. No matter Brown’s wriggling on the hook one was promised.
I write to inform you that I wish to have the opportunity to express my views on the ‘Treaty’ that the Prime Minister has just rubber-stamped.
It is in my view, effectively a direct replacement for the constitution that we were promised a referendum on by the government in their manifesto.
Gordon Brown appears to be intent on denying me the right to express my opinion in a referendum, apparently because he believes it will be rejected. That being the case he is acting against the will of the electorate and he knows it.
He is signing away among other things the right to make treaties to Europe that will bind Parliament.
As my representative in parliament I ask that you demand a referendum and support anyone else that does likewise.