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Golden opportunity for Cameron to keep his word
Date 17/05/2010 20:06  Author webmaster  Hits 1824  Language Global
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• 'David Cameron has a golden opportunity to keep his pledge and put the Lisbon treaty to a referendum,' UKIP MEP Gerard Batten said in Strasbourg today in light of the coming re-ratification of the Lisbon treaty to provide for additional MEPs.

Referring to the agreement between Cameron and Clegg on resisting any further transfer of British sovereignty to the EU, Mr Batten said "there will not be any more transfers of sovereignty that would require a referendum, because it's all being done under the Lisbon treaty."
 


"But if Mr Cameron is really genuine about what he's saying," continued Mr Batten, "then he has a golden opportunity to actually keep to that pledge.

"Because... the addition of new members to the European Parliament means that the Lisbon treaty will have to be re-ratified by all the member states. So in Britain's case Mr Cameron now has a golden opportunity - either not to re-ratify the treaty, or to put it to a referendum of the British people. Let's hope he keeps to his word and does that."

Full transcript:

Thank you very much, Mr President.

As I'm sure you're all aware, we now have a new government in the United Kingdom, which we can call the 'Lib Dem-Con coaltion'. Now in the agreement reached between the Conservative Party and the Liberal Democratic Party it says that "we agree that there should be no further transfer of sovereignty or powers over the course of the next Parliament," that is to the European Union.

Now, of course anyone who knows anything about this at all, knows that there will not be any more transfers of sovereignty that would require a referendum because it's all being done under the Lisbon treaty - so there will be no need to ask the people of Britain, or any other country in the European Union. It will all happen anyway.

But if Mr Cameron is really genuine about what he's saying, then he has a golden opportunity to actually keep to that pledge. Because as my colleague Trevor Colman pointed out, recently, a few weeks ago in this chamber, the addition of new members to the European Parliament means that the Lisbon treaty will have to be re-ratified by all the member states. So in Britain's case Mr Cameron now has a golden opportunity - either not to re-ratify the treaty, or to put it to a referendum of the British people. Let's hope he keeps to his word and does that.
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