Let people vote on the EU, urges MP

PUBLISHED: 14:07 29 January 2008 | UPDATED: 21:52 26 October 2009

Let people vote on the EU, urges MP

Let people vote on the EU, urges MP

THE people of the UK should be allowed to have a referendum on the EU reform treaty, Potters Bar s MP has said. James Clappison accused the Government on going back on its promise to allow voters to have their say. He was speaking to the Potters Bar Editi

THE people of the UK should be allowed to have a referendum on the EU reform treaty, Potters Bar's MP has said.

James Clappison accused the Government on going back on its promise to allow voters to have their say.

He was speaking to the Potters Bar Edition after taking part in the first of at least 15 days of debate in the House of Commons about the controversial treaty.

After five hours of debating last Monday, MPs voted to approve the European Union (Amendment) Bill in principle by 362 votes to 224.

Foreign Secretary David Miliband said the treaty was "good for Britain and good for Europe".

But Mr Clappison, who voted against the motion, disagreed with that view.

He said: "I'm concerned the treaty is very, very similar to the old constitution.

"We will have a European foreign minister, a European president and possibly even a European army - all without people being given the say they were promised.

"People should have a referendum."

Mr Clappison said he received regular correspondence about the EU issue from his constituents.

"A lot of people in Potters Bar write to me and are interested in Europe.

"They have different views, but it's fair to say most people are concerned by further unwanted European integration."

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