OK, David Cameron. Here is your chance.
You promised there would be a referendum offered to the British people on any loss of sovereignty to the EU. Here we have just such a thing being proposed.
Open Europe –
The Home Secretary, Theresa May, this week announced that the UK will opt in to negotiations on the controversial European Investigation Order (EIO). This will give EU police forces the right to request that UK police seek out and share evidence on criminal suspects. The decision to opt in poses fundamental questions about safeguards for civil liberties and whether police resources will be put under undue pressure as a result. It was also the first major test of the Coalition Government’s policy of deciding on EU justice and home affairs legislation on a “case-by-case basis”. Furthermore, it certainly casts doubt on the Conservatives’ pre-election pledge to repatriate EU powers over policing and criminal justice.
John Redwood speaks politely. But in truth, this is make or break.
Is Cameron to be trusted ?
It looks not.
Redwood should push for the promised referendum. If he doesn’t, his credibility will be reduced, after stating he believes this situation comes within the terms of the referendum promise. A summer rebellion is brewing. It had better happen now. It can either be a short violent battle, or a medium term grind. A lot will hang on Labour MPs being willing to support. If the government can be defeated, it would be a turning point.
Damn all those fools who voted UKIP, and kept the numbers of Conservative backbenchers down. This is the only battle that counts.