Thursday, 5 July 2007
EU Treaty Referendum - The Unions Weigh In
The people's desire to have a referendum on the EU Treaty is not going away, no matter how much Gordon Brown would like it to. Now, one of the country's largest unions, the GMB, has weighed in on behalf of its members to demand the referendum that they believe they were promised. The Labour supporting union said the treaty was substantially the same as the European Constitutional Treaty and therefore the government should honour its commitment to a referendum. Unison, the public service union have let it be known that if a referendum is held, they will campaign for a NO vote.
Paul Kenny, GMB general secretary, said: "The pledge was right at the time of the general election and it is right now. Europe can only be developed with the wholehearted support of its citizens." Following David Miliband's admission that the proposed Treaty actually transferred more power to the EU than the Maastricht Treaty, Tory spokesman for Europe, Mark Francois, said: "David Miliband has finally exploded the myth that the revived EU Constitution is only a tidying up exercise. The government's case is now unravelling and even the new Foreign Secretary has now conceded the scale of what is really going on."
I held a vote on this subject last week, the question was:
Q. Should we have a national referendum on the EU Treaty?
The results were YES 96% NO 4%
I've said this before and I'll say it again: the ONLY reason that Gordon Brown does not want a referendum on the EU Treaty, is because he knows that the people will vote NO. And that is about as undemocratic as you could possibly get.
To sign an E-Petition asking for a Referendum on the EU Treaty click HERE