Give us a referendum
Monday, 24th June 2007
Letter to London local newspapers
Since the French and Dutch voters rejected the European constitution in 2005, EU leaders have been looking for ways of avoiding further referenda on their European plans. Our outgoing Prime Minister returned from the latest EU summit declaring that, regardless of the forty new powers transferred to Brussels, the treaty does not change the balance of power significantly enough to warrant a referendum.
He leaves his successor with a choice between holding a referendum on the amended treaty (which he would undoubtedly lose) or complicity in Mr Blair's sleight of hand by denying the British people the referendum they were promised in 2004. Mr Brown's decision will reveal whether he really does want a "new politics" or whether the talk of it is simply "new spin".
Syed Kamall MEP
Conservative MEP for London