Wednesday, 6 October 2010

William Hague offers the public a key to a broken lock

Hague outlines plans for sovereignty bill and ‘referendum lock’; “What a sovereign parliament can do, a sovereign parliament can also undo”

What absolute and complete nonsense Hague is coming out with nowadays.

He says that he will bind future governments to hold referenda on transfers of sovereignty to the EU; but in the same breath says that parliament cannot be bound!

A future government can change his bill with no reference to the public, so removing the requirement for a referendum, or can simply deny that any transfer of sovereignty is taking place.

Remember Labour reneged on a manifesto pledge for a referendum by deny that the Lisbon Treaty transferred any power to the EU - according to Labour it was 'just a tidying up exercise', while to all others it was the EU Constitution under another name.

Hague forfeited any remaining credibility he had with his 'there is no treaty to have a referendum on' comment.[1]