CONSERVATIVE
New Forest East

FOREIGN AFFAIRS – EUROPEAN TREATY – 6 November 2007

Dr Julian Lewis: I hope that the hon. Gentleman [Andrew Mackinlay] accepts that we Conservatives are doing our bit for non-adversarial politics by helping him to deal with the fact that he and one other Back Bencher are the only Government Back-Bench representatives present for this debate. His argument against a referendum on the treaty seems to be that, if it went the “wrong” way, the pro-European treaty people would keep coming back with new treaties for more and more referendums, but that, if it went the “right” way, that would be the end of the matter. Surely there is a certain imbalance in the acceptance or rejection of the result of the people's verdict in this matter.