Peter Hoskin

MPs say “no” to referendum 

MPs say "no" to referendum 
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As expected, the Tory proposal for a referendum on the Lisbon Treaty has been defeated in the Commons.  248 MPs voted in favour, with 311 voting against.  The Treaty should now pass through the Commons unscathed.  It’s over to the Lords.

The burning question is of how much damage has been done to the Nick Clegg and the Lib Dems.  The latest is that 3 Lib Dem front-benchers have resigned.  As I outlined this morning, Clegg now faces the unenviable task of choosing how to punish any other rebels.