I've just watched William Hague's speech on foreign policy and it was absolutely fantastic. What's more he offered the British public something that Labour never would - The right to a referendum on any future EU Treaties by LAW.
William said: "If trust in politics is to be restored, manifesto commitments must be honoured. So let everyone be clear: a Conservative Government elected this autumn will hold a referendum on any EU treaty which emerges from the current negotiations. And I can tell you today that we will go further: the next Conservative Government will amend the 1972 European Communities Act, so that if any future government agrees any treaty that transfers further competences from Britain to the EU a national referendum before it could be ratified would be required by law."
William pointed out the following facts to show the public why this EU Treaty is the same EU Constitution we were promised a referendum on:
. 240 of the 250 provisions are exactly the same.
. The creation of permanent President of the European Council.
. The appointment of an EU foreign minister in all but name.
. The abolition of 60 of our national vetoes.
. For the first time, provision for the abolition of almost every remaining veto without any further treaty negotiation or proper ratification by parliament.
With every speech given by the shadow cabinet, the bar is being raised. I'm looking forward to David Cameron's speech tomorrow.
You can read William Hague's full speech by clicking HERE.