Some 88% of the British public want a referendum on the EU’s Lisbon Treaty, according to private polls for the I Want a Referendum (IWAR) campaign.
“MPs voted by 362 – 224 for the Reform Treaty in its Second Reading on Monday 21st January. This sixth and final treaty, now renamed the Lisbon Treaty, formally replaces Britain with the European Union on 1st January 2009. This is a year before the deadline set by the Chancellor of Germany, Angela Merkel.
The Treaty will abolish the British Constitution, and therefore the nations of Britain and England, sweeping away our Westminster Parliament, and giving the EU the power to close it” – EU Truth
The unofficial ballot was conducted by postal vote last month in 10 Labour and Liberal Democrat marginal seats.
A total of 152,520 people voted, with 133,251 backing a referendum. IWAR claims the turnout is higher than that in local council elections.
The poll was carried out by Electoral Reform Services, a firm of independent election scrutineers recognised by the government and the UN.Respondents were asked whether the UK should hold a referendum on the Lisbon Treaty, with 88% voting ‘yes’. They were also asked if the UK should approve the treaty and 89% voted against.
Polling expert Anthony Wells, of UK Polling Report, said: “Private referendums run the risk of only those sympathetic to the cause taking part in the vote, but with independent opinion polls consistently showing around four-fifths of those who express an opinion support a referendum, these don’t seem too out of line.”
I Want a Referendum campaigners, who last week gathered outside Parliament to lobby MPs, claim some MPs “resorted to dirty tricks” to stop people voting in the unofficial referendum.
They accused Europe Minister Jim Murphy and Lib Dem home affairs spokesman Chris Huhne of leafleting constituents telling them not to vote.
“We will put it to the British people in a referendum.” — Gordon Brown, General Election Manifesto, 2005
“If we needed a referendum we would have one. But I think most people recognise that there is not a fundamental change taking place as a result of this amended treaty.” — Gordon Brown, The UK Prime Minister, interviewed by the BBC, 24th September 2007
“The substance of the constitution is preserved. That is a fact.” — Angela Merkel, German Chancellor, speech to the European Parliament, 27th June 2007
“A referendum now would bring Europe into danger. There will be no Treaty if we had a referendum in France, which would again be followed by a referendum in the UK.” — Nicolas Sarkozy, French President, The Daily Telegraph, 14th November 2007
“The time for individual nations [in Europe] having its own tax, employment and social policies if definitely over. We must finally bury the erroneous ideas of nations having sovereignty over foreign and defence policies. National sovereignty will soon prove itself to be a product of the imagination.” — Gerhard Schröder, Chancellor of Germany, January 1999.
“I have never understood why public opinion about European ideas should be taken into account” – Raymonde Barre, French Prime Minister and Commissioner
“A full-time president of the European Council would be the most powerful politician of Europe, but will not be elected by the people or be accountable to a democratic body meeting in public. How is this going to bring Europe closer to its citizens?” — Gijs de Vries – Dutch representative on the EU Convention
EU has the constitution (the six treaties) of a dictatorship, the laws of a police state, and when enforced, its 111,000 regulations will create a government command economy, soviet style: dictatorships cause poverty.
Dear Frank Dobson,
It has been brought to my attention that you are in favour of voting against a referendum in regards to Britain’s signing of the Treaty of Lisbon in violation of Labour’s own Manifesto, claiming that the Treaty makes no major amendments and is also not a Constitution.
I believe this is incorrect. The European Scrutiny Committee has stated the Treaty is almost identical to the Constitution, which was of course, rejected. This also represents a diametrically opposed viewpoint to that of your voting record and the opinions of Gordon Brown.
Angela Merkel, German Chancellor in a speech to the European Parliament, 27th June 2007 confirms the essence of the Constitution in the treaty in this following quote;
“The substance of the constitution is preserved. That is a fact.”
I would appreciate a justification for denying British citizens the right to decide on laws that affect their country, in light of overwhelming evidence that the public do not want such a Constitution, Treaty or any other framework that transfers power away from Westminster.
I would also like to understand how denying the entire British public a referendum is in keeping with a democracy, why you voted to a reduced time to debate the final Treaty, and how it is not illegal under our British Constitution, our 1689 Bill of Rights, our treason laws, and under our common law.
I look forward to hearing from you.