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Conservative EU Referendum Bill

May 16, 2013

Just when I nipped off to Brussels for a couple of days with my students, the Tories published their In-out referendum bill. And, it’s a draft bill from the party, on the party website, with a section to add support. It’s fascinating as a device directed at the Lib Dem coalition partners, UKIP and to provide internal cohesion within the Conservative party itself.

The short text is here –  http://www.conservatives.com/Policy/Issues/~/media/Files/Downloadable%20Files/Draft_Referendum_Bill.ashx. And remember, this is party policy not UK government policy so the bill is not on the House of Commons website. But, it will be soon, as one of the Tory backbenchers – James Wharton of Stockton South – came top of the ballot in the annual vote for private member’s bills and has pledged to introduce the bill and dare the other parties to vote against it – http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-22542207.

And, the implications of all of this for indyref are huge, given the issues involved, Scottish membership of the EU and campaign strategies and messages from Yes and Better Together as well as the political parties.

 

 

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