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Brown Cancelling Referendum
« on: August 24, 2007, 09:51:30 am »
Boy have the BBC been playing this one down today. Maybe they're nervous about implementing Hitler's diseased dream for Europe run by the European Round Table of Industrialists and the unelected European Commission.

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Brown rules out union demands for vote on EU
By Anne Penketh and Colin Brown
Published: 23 August 2007

Gordon Brown ruled out a referendum on the revised EU treaty last night as four trade unions which bankroll the Labour Party backed Conservative demands for a vote.

"The proper way to discuss this is through detailed discussion in the House of Commons," Mr Brown told reporters after his first meeting as Prime Minister with the German Chancellor, Angela Merkel. "I believe Parliament will pass this legislation." ..............

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Brown faces Labour revolt over EU referendum
« Reply #1 on: August 24, 2007, 09:52:23 am »
Brown faces Labour revolt over EU referendum
By Brendan Carlin, Toby Helm and Martin Banks
Last Updated: 3:13am BST 24/08/2007;jsessionid=2PDZ0CENA2NUDQFI QMGCFFOAVCBQUIV0?xml=/news/2007/08/24/neu124.xml

Gordon Brown faces a growing Labour insurrection over his refusal to allow a referendum on the controversial EU treaty, it has emerged.

A "hard core" of at least 40 Labour MPs is poised to issue the Prime Minister with an ultimatum to re-open talks on the treaty or concede a referendum.

Angela Merkel and Gordon Brown held talks on the EU treaty before watching England take on Germany at Wembley Stadium
They are preparing a 15-point plan to put to Mr Brown calling for the Brussels blueprint to be radically amended to end the need for a British referendum.

Among their likely demands will be the removal of the proposal to create a new EU foreign minister, a controversial idea also included in the original, rejected 2005 EU constitution.

The Labour MPs, led by Ian Davidson, MP for Glasgow South West, may also call on Mr Brown to use a revised treaty to amend the 2004 EU directive on freedom of movement.

The directive is now being blamed for preventing the UK from deporting Learco Chindamo, the man who murdered head teacher Philip Lawrence, back to his native Italy.

Labour went into the 2005 general election promising a referendum on the original EU constitution which was then voted down by Dutch and French voters.

But any attempt to re-open talks now with EU leaders will spark a blazing row, with Brussels insisting that the main issues covered by the treaty agreed at the June EU summit are legally-binding and with only "fine-tuning" now left to be done.

Viscount Etienne Davignon, a former European Commission vice-president, has said that Britain must "stop holding up" other EU members and sign up to the controversial European treaty.

The Prime Minister insists that the new treaty is substantially different from the old constitution and no longer requires a referendum.

Speaking after meeting Angela Merkel, the German Chancellor and main architect of the new treaty, on Wednesday, Mr Brown said: "The proper way to discuss this is in the House of Commons and the House of Lords."

But on Thursday even Gwyneth Dunwoody, the respected and long-serving Labour chairman of the Commons' transport committee, disagreed and called for a referendum in this "rare" case.

The Daily Telegraph's own "let the people decide" petition for a referendum has now been signed by almost 58,000 people - an 8,000 increase in three days.

Labour rebels will be emboldened by the fact that Mr Blair originally refused to promise a referendum on the old constitution plan and was forced to back down.

And Mr Davidson urged the new Prime Minister to abandon Tony Blair's later refusal to hold a vote on the new EU treaty just as he tore up his predecessor's plans for a giant super-casino.

Mr Brown should appeal to other EU leaders to realise that he was now under "domestic pressure" and needed to give way on the referendum, the MP said.......

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Stop moaning or leave the EU, Britain is told
« Reply #2 on: August 24, 2007, 09:53:15 am »
Yes please... we will leave at once! Please everyone sign this petition wherever you are from:

Stop moaning or leave the EU, Britain is told
By Martin Banks in Brussels
Last Updated: 4:02am BST 20/08/2007

An influential German politician has fired a warning shot at British moves to hold a referendum on the European constitution.

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Elmar Brok, a centre-Right MEP and close ally of German chancellor Angela Merkel, effectively told Britain to sign up to the so-called reforming treaty or consider pulling out of the EU.

He insisted that the new draft was substantially different from the "old" constitution and that Britain had "got what it wanted" with a series of opt-outs and "red lines".

"Gordon Brown's government has said there is no justification for a referendum and the UK should stick to this commitment," said Brok, the European parliament's representative on inter-governmental negotiations on the treaty.

"It would be very unfair of the UK if, having more or less got what it wanted in the new treaty, it would then turn round and put this to a popular vote."

Brok, a member of the European convention that drafted the old constitution, asked: "The UK got its various opt-outs so what's the problem? How would it seem to other EU member states if Britain were now to hold a referendum? For me, that would undermine the negotiations on the treaty and even go as far as to question Britain's credibility as an EU member.

"Britain is a valued member of the EU but we should perhaps remember that the treaty contains an article which gives any member state the right to leave the EU if it so wishes."

Those campaigning for a British referendum were motivated "solely" by their opposition to the EU, he claimed. Brok, who was chairman of parliament's foreign affairs committee, said there was "no reason to renegotiate something you agreed on".

He added: "The chapter is closed. "We should be able to have a new treaty as soon as possible. We have a commitment from all to meet these requirements."

The political veteran said MEPs will resist any attempt to "water down" the treaty, which aims to revive the constitution rejected by French and Dutch voters in 2005.

He believes opposition to the treaty, particularly its proposals on votes in the EU and the Charter of Fundamental Rights, could still hold up any agreement.

"The European Parliament will be watchful that the treaty mandate received from the European council will not be watered down and will remain in place. It is important that the rights guaranteed in the mandate are preserved. This is our challenge for the new few weeks."

Brok, who has held leadership posts in German and European politics, belongs to the same European People's Party and European Democrats political grouping as the Conservatives.

David Cameron has pledged to pull the Tories out of the group after the European elections in 2009.

Martin Callanan, a senior Conservative MEP, said Mr Brok should "mind his own business" and allow Britain to decide how it wishes to determine the treaty's ratification.

"If Britain wants to hold a referendum on the treaty - which I and many others believe it should - that is a matter for the UK and not fanatical German federalists like Brok," he said.

Nigel Farage, leader of the UK Independence Party, criticised Brok's intervention, saying: "For an arrogant, bullying German politician to be telling the British what they should or should not do is, I would have thought, likely to help the pro-referendum case.

"I would be delighted if he agreed to visit every major British city and repeat his comments."

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Re: Brown Cancelling Referendum
« Reply #3 on: September 27, 2007, 08:18:43 am »
i tell you, this is upsetting me so much, that and the complete lack of anyone with a soul running for election.

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