Wednesday, 16 December 2009

If not Lisbon, then Rome

Douglas Carswell, Tory MP will introduce a Private Member's bill today on Britain's membership of the European Union; it's listed 14 on today's Order Paper as the European Union Membership (Referendum) Bill.

I wish him luck, although unfortunately it's unlikely to amount to much, as Carswell acknowledges himself:
Naturally, given how government controls Parliament (as opposed to the other way around), my Private Members Bill faces an uphill struggle to become law. But it puts down a marker.
I notice also on the same Order Paper at 10:

[No debate]
Mr Nigel Dodds
Bill to require the holding of a referendum on the Treaty of Lisbon and to require the repeal of the European Union (Amendment) Act 2008 if the decision to ratify is not approved in the referendum; and for connected purposes.

Update: Both Private Member's bills 10 & 14 were introduced with a degree of dismissive hilarity within the Commons; Carswell's second reading is confirmed as 26th Feb.

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