I faithfully attended Parliament in the last session to support Mr Wharton’s private member’s bill to give us a referendum on our membership of the EU . It was stopped in the Lords by Labour and Lib Dem peers.
In this session I attended to vote for Mr Neill’s private member’s bill. This was an identical bill. If it passed the Commons it could become law under the Parliament Act without the Lords being able to stop it. Instead, this week, the Lib Dems in the Commons refused to support the necessary motion for it to make progress as a Bill.
I am most disappointed that the Lib Dems have stopped us legislating to give British people what they want, an In/Out referendum on the EU. The Lib Dems in the last Parliament officially called for an In/Out referendum. Now they are in a position to bring one about they have changed their minds and prevented us from passing the Bill this Parliament.
It will now become a General Election issue, where only the Conservatives of the 3 major parties in Westminster will offer the public an In/Out referendum in the next Parliament.