It is ominous that we have been unable to get clear assurances from the government that any proposed transfer of power to the EU that might arise from the Merkel plan will be put to the British people in a referendum. I will table written questions tomorrow to seek further clarification, but it looks as if they will go along with?? a Merkel plan for a mini constitution, called something else, and claim this does not merit a referendum vote. The government declines to keep us properly informed of the negotiations before summits, and seem to be co-operating over common borders, a common police force and a common defence and foreign policy, eroding our veto and right to have an independent policy in these crucial areas on the way. It makes it even more imperative to try to force them to a vote, on all the power they have transferred in recent years – Social Chapter, common asylum and immigration policy etc as well as the propsective surrender of the common foreign and security policy and criminal justice powers.