David Blackburn

Vaclav Klaus signs the Lisbon Treaty

Vaclav Klaus signs the Lisbon Treaty
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According to the BBC's Laura Kuenssberg, Czech President Vaclav Klaus has signed the Lisbon Treaty. As James wrote this morning, Cameron has not broken any promise concerning a referendum because there was no such pledge except under circumstances that have passed; but Cameron must now detail how he intends to repatriate powers and obtain an opt-out from the Social Chapter.

What is peculiar is how this has become a story about the Tories breaking pledges. It should be nothing of the sort. That 'honour' lies squarely with Brown and Blair. Labour's mock-outraged line that Cameron has '"reneged on his cast-iron guarantee" defies belief; it's incredible, brazen and unmistakably wrong. I expect Cameron to deliver a crushing appraisal of government EU policy and its contempt for voters in the Commons tomorrow.