Hague attacks government ‘deceit’ over EU treaty | Elections 2007 | Guardian Unlimited Politics

Hague attacks government ‘deceit’ over EU treaty | Elections 2007 | Guardian Unlimited Politics

William Hague today accused the government of “bare-faced political deceit” over the EU treaty as he promised a Conservative government would change the law to make a referendum compulsory.

The shadow foreign secretary announced plans to change the law so that “never again could a government sign away powers to the EU without the British people’s permission in a referendum”.

Speaking at the Conservative party conference in Blackpool, Mr Hague said: “If this [Labour] government has its way, the new EU treaty, which almost every EU leader admits is in all essentials nothing less than the old, rejected EU constitution by another name, [will be] passed into law…

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