James Forsyth

The public wants a vote

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Open Europe have a new poll out today that shows that 86 percent of voters want a referendum on the proposed new treaty. Normally, I’m against referendums on the grounds that we live in a parliamentary democracy. But in this instance, that argument is made null and void by the fact that the 2005 Labour manifesto committed the party to a referendum.

Worryingly for Brown, 57 percent of voters would be definitely less likely to vote Labour at the next election if it reneges on its promise to offer people a chance to vote on the treaty. It’ll be fascinating to see how Brown gets himself out of this one.

Written byJames Forsyth

James Forsyth is Political Editor of the Spectator. He is also a columnist in The Sun.

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