No surprise, because of course this was always a ruse to try to hide the fact they reneged on their 2005 manifesto commitment to a referendum on the EU Constitution.
Any party that invokes a three line whip on abstaining can't be taken seriously.
How's this for arrogance though:
ex-leader Sir Menzies Campbell said there was no "public appetite" for a vote now that the treaty was ratified.
This gulf between the political classes and the voting public cannot last forever.
hattip: Iain Dale