David Cameron British PM suffers On Europe Referendum Rebellion
What is the point of having 650 elected MPs if when it comes to voting on whether the UK should have a referendum on Europe they are not allowed to vote as their constituents would wish them to but as ordered to by autocrats David Cameron, Nick Clegg and Ed Miliband or else they get the sack.
You might as well not have any MPs, saving £millions on wages and expenses into the bargain and let David Cameron, Nick Clegg and Ed Miliband make all the wrong decisions as they already are.......
David Cameron suffered the biggest ever Tory rebellion on Europe last night as almost half of all his backbenchers, 81 Conservative MPs voted in favour of a referendum on EU membership.
It’s not just Tory backbenchers that are turning against David Cameron, 70% of the UK public want a referendum on EU membership and are not happy that they have been denied it ...
Needless to say the Government wins rigged non democratic vote by 483 to 111
The Commons vote on whether to hold a referendum which would have an option of leaving the EU — a move which started out as a petition that obtained the 100,000 signatures it needed to be considered for a debate in Parliament — was originally scheduled for Thursday, in half term week, when both Mr Cameron and William Hague, the Foreign Secretary, were to be abroad.
For reasons almost nobody can understand, No 10 brought forward the vote to tomorrow and imposed a three-line whip, meaning any member of the Government, even the lowest-ranked parliamentary private secretaries, will have to resign if they defy party whips and back the motion for a referendum.
Around half a dozen PPSs may well do so, and even some ministers are said to be “wrestling with their consciences” this weekend. Many expect No 10 to climb down and offer some way out for the rebels, but sources were not indicating any compromise last night.
“If PPSs want to resign, all well and good,” a Downing Street insider said with more than a hint of menace. “It will make the next reshuffle even easier.”
There was a failed attempt to broker a deal on Thursday night by George Eustice, co-founder of the new 120-strong Eurosceptic group of Tory MPs, who proposed a fresh amendment calling for a White Paper on renegotiating Britain’s membership of the EU followed by a referendum after the next election. Last night both sides were as far apart as ever.
Chris Heaton-Harris, a former MEP and another co-founder of the group, was ready to fly back from Jordan to vote against the Government. Mark Pritchard, secretary of the party’s 1922 Committee of back-bench MPs, said his decision was “about country first, party second and career last”. Rebel leaders put the number of Conservatives who could vote against the Government at as many as 100, an astonishingly high figure and almost one third of the entire parliamentary party.
Mr Cameron is certain of “victory” on Monday night, in simple arithmetical terms at least, because Labour will back the Government and vote against a referendum. Ed Miliband has imposed his own three-line whip, to the consternation of some in his party who want to cause the maximum embarrassment for the Government. telegraph.co.uk