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Halt Lisbon Treaty-Tories speak sense labour once again ignores the people

June 13, 2008

Halt Lisbon Treaty process - Hague

William Hague speaks sense, speaks for the majority of people in Britain. But our Labour government the supposed party of the people once again shows how out of touch it is with the voters. What is it with the EU and the Labour Party in particular that they show such contempt for the people they are supposed to represent.

Shadow foreign secretary William Hague has said the Government should now halt the ratification process of the Lisbon Treaty after it was thrown out by voters in Ireland.

“Alone in Europe they have had the chance to make their views known. If democracy in the EU is to mean anything their decision must be respected,” he said.

“The British Government must respect the Irish people’s verdict. Ratification of the Lisbon Treaty in Parliament must be stopped immediately.”

He said that if Government still wanted to go ahead with ratification, it must now give people in Britain a say through a referendum.

The final referendum result showed 53.4% voted No, while 46.6% voted Yes. There were 862,415 No votes to 752,451 Yes votes, a majority of 109,964.

Critics said the “No” vote in Ireland represents the same fatal blow to the Lisbon Treaty as was dealt to the EU Constitution by French and Dutch voters in 2005.

Downing Street declined to comment on reports that the Prime Minister had called French president Nicolas Sarkozy to assure him that British ratification would continue.

The House of Lords this week cleared the way for Parliament to ratify the treaty when it rejected a Conservative bid to force a referendum.

But prominent eurosceptic David Heathcoat-Amory insisted the Government must “go back to the drawing board” and respect the voters of Holland, France and Ireland.

“The Bill before the British Parliament must be withdrawn because under the European Union‘s own laws this cannot proceed now. The Lisbon Treaty is dead,” the Tory MP told BBC Radio 4’s The World At One.

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