Saturday, 18 October 2014

Second attempt at passing an EU referendum bill looks set to fail

David Cameron is trying for a second time to get a law through parliament to force himself to keep his own promise of an EU referendum.

We all know Dave has problems keeping promises so he wants to pass a law that he can pretend forces him to hold a referendum on our membership of the EU. The first attempt was voted down by his own peers as well as Labour and the Lib Dems and this second attempt is almost certainly going to go the same way.

Because no parliament can bind its successor, passing a law requiring a referendum to be held is completely meaningless. There is no law that can't be repealed and if by some miracle this latest EU referendum bill became law it would be repealed by Labour if they come to power and if Cameron manages to hold on to power he'll find an excuse to repeal it as well.