If the tone of this blog has been lowered – don’t blame me, blame the Illiberal Undemocrats…
Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg has delivered a blow to those seeking a referendum on the EU reform treaty by saying his party would vote against such a move. It had been thought the Lib Dems would abstain in a Commons vote, but Mr Clegg told BBC Radio’s Today: “We would vote against a referendum on the treaty.”
The Tories accused the Lib Dems of “breaking a promise” on a referendum.
Despite 19 Labour MPs rebelling, the bill to ratify the treaty passed its first Commons test on Monday.
The measure will now be debated line-by-line over the coming weeks.
Prime Minister Gordon Brown signed what is now known as the Lisbon Treaty in December, but Parliament must ratify it.