A few years ago a guy called Stuart Bower took the Labour Party (Gordon Brown) to court over their refusal to hold a referendum on the Lisbon Treaty, he lost as the court stated that “Manifesto promises are not subject to legitimate expectation”
Essentially the court was telling us that political parties can put what the hell they like in a manifesto and then ignore it once voted into power…
Now we have Cameron threatening promising hinting that he might, just might be considering allowing a referendum on the EU after the 2015 elections…
David Cameron has given his clearest hint yet that he will back a referendum on Britain’s relationship with the EU if the Tories win the next election.
He said there will be opportunities for the British people to give “fresh consent” to the UK’s EU membership.
Closer economic ties between eurozone countries “will give us opportunities for changing our relationship with Europe”, he said.
However, he added he thought it was not in Britain’s interest to leave the EU.
The prime minister has faced calls to back an in/out referendum from his own MPs, 81 of whom rebelled against the party line last year to vote for a referendum.
Some Conservative MPs fear the UK Independence Party – which has long campaigned for the UK to leave the EU and for the public to have their say in a referendum – could lose the party seats at the next general election if Mr Cameron does not take a more Eurosceptic stance.
The clues are all there of course, no mention of an in or out choice, the long standing Cameron claim that it’s in our best interests to remain in and the ongoing EUphile Tory fear that UKIP might cost them seats.
The biggest danger of course is that Cameron will not say what the question will be before the election, thus giving an impression that it will be an in or out vote. Sadly this is extremely unlikely unless UKIP actually get enough seats to form a coalition with the Tories (or any other party promising a referendum) the choice it appears Cameron favours will be more integration vs withdrawing to an economic only partnership. One that would leave the UK isolated from a core group and unable to influence their decisions. A sort of lose/lose option. The one most people want is an in/out option and there is no way in hell Cameron, Milliband, Clegg or indeed their masters in the EU will allow this, mostly owing to the fact that the UK is still a net contributor to that corrupt edifice.
In the end all this is for Cameron is an electioneering stunt, there’s no way we’ll be allowed a proper vote, this is simply to stop Tories haemorrhaging away to UKIP with their votes…