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LOOKS LIKE EU REFERENDUM VOTE set for Next Thursday! Will the PEOPLE’S WILL be followed? Not if PM Cameron has a say in it!

It looks like the EU referendum vote in the British Parliament is set for next Thursday!   Here (Thanks AGAIN to ConservativeHome) is the David Nuttall (Young Turk of the Tory Party!) motion:

The House calls upon the Government to introduce a Bill in the next session of Parliament to provide for the holding of a national referendum on whether the United Kingdom

(a) should remain a member of the European Union on the current terms;

(b) leave the European Union; or

(c) re-negotiate the terms of its membership in order to create a new relationship based on trade and co-operation.

But there are developments:

1.  PM Cameron is instructing the Conservatives they MUST vote against the Nuttall motion:

But, to the fury of many Tory MPs, Government sources last night indicated that Mr Cameron may order his troops to vote against the proposal, virtually guaranteeing its defeat.

2.  But this is not sitting well with the Tory MPs:

Eurosceptic Tory MP Bill Cash described the prospect of an intervention by No 10 as ‘beyond belief’.

He said: ‘It would be quite extraordinary for the Prime Minister to prevent the British people from having their say on a European project that is quite clearly failing.

There’s more:

David Cameron is facing his biggest Conservative rebellion since becoming Prime Minister after MPs called a Commons vote next week on whether Britain should have a referendum on leaving the European Union.

Senior Tories warned last night that the party’s MPs will be under enormous pressure to defy Mr Cameron on 27 October by voting in favour of a referendum. They said the crucial factor in many Tory MPs’ minds would be the proposed shake-up of parliamentary boundaries to allow the Government to cut the number of MPs from 650 to 600. This will provoke a scramble for seats, with many MPs doing battle with colleagues for the right to be their party’s candidate at the next election.

61 MPs (not all Tories) signed the Nuttall motion and there is genuine fear by the MPs – the Tory rank and file wants the vote and PM Cameron (who can punish you in varied ways – including taking away your seat in Parliament [Apparently the number of MPs is to be reduced from 650 to 600] and hinder your career as an MP.) says NO.  ConservativeHome reports:

“Senior Tories warned last night that the party’s MPs will be under enormous pressure to defy Mr Cameron on 27 October by voting in favour of a referendum. They said the crucial factor in many Tory MPs’ minds would be the proposed shake-up of parliamentary boundaries to allow the Government to cut the number of MPs from 650 to 600. This will provoke a scramble for seats, with many MPs doing battle with colleagues for the right to be their party’s candidate at the next election.”

The Independent again reports that the people may be rising and demanding a vote on the EU – Cameron or no:

One senior figure told The Independent: “The mood of Tory grassroots members is overwhelmingly Eurosceptic. They want a referendum on the EU. A candidate who opposed that in Parliament would be cutting his or her own throat. The boundary review will be a big factor in MPs’ minds.”

At least one leading periodical, the Telegraph, calls for a free vote:

For all these reasons and more the Government has indicated that it will “whip” this vote and that MPs will have to vote it down. I feel this is old politics and an over-reaction. Over the past few weeks Conservative MPs have been debating these matters sensibly and thoughtfully because the gravity of the topic deserves such serious debate.

The Government should allow backbenchers to go forward with this debate and allow us to vote unhindered. It knows it is not bound by the result, but it might well find that its hand in future negotiations at EU level and beyond is strengthened by what transpires next Thursday.

It seems to me that the PM is playing with fire.  If he suppresses the vote, the people will see they have no where to go – but to the UKIP!  This is a critical issue and it must be resolved.  Let the British people vote.  Sovereignty and liberty is too important not to let the people decide.

 

About Elwood Sanders

Elwood “Sandy” Sanders is a Hanover attorney who is an Appellate Procedure Consultant for Lantagne Legal Printing and has written ten scholarly legal articles. Sandy was also Virginia’s first Appellate Defender and also helped bring curling in VA! (None of these titles imply any endorsement of Sanders’ views)

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