David Cameron has caved in to Europe and will announce that there will be no referendum on the Lisbon Treaty. The Czech courts have ruled today that the Lisbon Treaty is constitutional and then, once Vaclav Klaus has signed it, all 27 states will have ratified the Treaty and it will become part of EU law.
The UK will lose somewhere in the region of 50 vetoes and an EU presidency will be established. Because of this Cameron feels that things have changed sufficiently for him to change his stance. He has always been careful to leave himself a get out clause should the Czechs sign before the next UK general election. His decision will however anger many who believed he would give them the referendum they want.
But what purpose a referendum would serve now is unclear. All it could do is cause confusion and possibly split not just the Tory party but also the country. And is the Tories lost would another general election need to be called. Cameron’s only hope would be to convince a large number of EU leaders to revisit the question or be seen to be totally isolated. That will not happen. He is stuck with the result as are we.
We in the UK are further into Europe today than we were yesterday. What we must focus on now is identifying the next Brussels power grab.