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European Treaty Referendum

Volume 470: debated on Monday 21 January 2008

The petition that I wish to present may interest Labour and Liberal Members with marginal seats. It will not surprise you, Mr. Speaker, to learn that it has my fullest possible support.

The petition of residents of Kent,

Declares that the proposed draft European Reform Treaty is similar in all but insignificant detail to the withdrawn European Constitution; and notes that this fact has been confirmed in the 35th report of Session 2006-2007 of the House of Commons European Scrutiny Committee; and notes that the Committee has found that the timetable for the adoption of the Reform Treaty now proposed

“having regard to the sitting terms of national parliaments could not have been better designed to marginalise their role”.

The Petitioners therefore request that the House of Commons calls upon the Government of the United Kingdom to put the proposals, in coherent form, for consideration by the British electorate in a binding referendum before ratifying any further proposed Reform Treaty or constitution by another name.

And the Petitioners remain, etc.