well, it would be nice

In case you hadn’t heard, there’s a new cross-party campaign started up, called I Want a Referendum.

Whether or not you’re in favour of closer European integration, there can’t be any harm in seeing whether the population at large is actually in favour of the constitution that the government is proposing to sign us up for.

If it is indeed their suspicion that people don’t want the treaty to be signed which is preventing the government from holding a referendum, that somehow does not so much invalidate the reasons for demanding one as reinforce them (as I have noted before, here, here, and in the second half of here).

Open Europe’s series of short briefings (eg ‘Who’s afraid of a referendum?’ and ‘The new treaty: what does it mean and do we need a referendum?’) makes for valuable further reading, if you’re interested.


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