Monday, January 21, 2008
The stitch up begins
From Gallery News comes info that the Speaker has decided not to allow the Labour rebels reasoned amendment for a referendum to be discussed.
EUROPE: Speaker denies vote on amendment
The Speaker has decided not to select the amendment calling for a referendum in tonight's 2nd Reading debate on the European Treaty Bill
A vote on the whole Bill is due at about 10pm. The Conservatives will vote against and the Liberal Democrats in favour.
MPs are not allowed to criticise such decisions - or even talk to the amendment which has not been selected.
However, we aren't bound by any such rules - if Speaker Martin is going to manage this debate in a biased way (he personally is not keen on a referendum) then he will face increasing criticism. We are watching you.
Posted by Open Europe blog team at 5:36 p.m.