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OliverJohnstone posted..

I don't think it will cause quite the constitutional catastrophe you believe it will. I agree the Government should have taken a neutral position but I still think our institutions of government are more resilient than you make them out to be. It's also a slippery slope argument which isn't really backed up with any kind of hard evidence.

Now back to the debate itself, only someone with a naive sense of history could believe that the measures you have outlined are serious checks and balances. The European Parliament is essentially redundant as it is largely stacked with members who are fanatical about the European project. Furthermore, the democratic deficit in electing faceless party list members to join larger voting blocs is enormous.

Then you come to national parliaments - with a nominally sceptical party in government (as we have now) this kind of makes sense. However, what if another Tony Blair or Gordon Brown comes along? A party in power that is willing to sacrifice public opinion in favour of greater power to Brussels.

Remember this is a constitutional question ie we must decide what the framework will be irrespective of whether it is a Europhile government as well as a Eurosceptic government. I believe the threat of what the wider EU agenda means for this country is so great that we cannot leave it to a future government to decide.