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Date published: 2008/05/03

The BBC says:

Millionaire Stuart Wheeler has won his battle to force a High Court review into whether the government should hold a referendum on the EU's Lisbon treaty.

Prime Minister Gordon Brown has ruled out a public vote on the treaty, saying it does not alter the UK constitution.

But Mr Wheeler said a vote was promised on the EU constitution and says the Lisbon treaty is virtually identical.
Mr Wheeler, 73, a Conservative Party donor, said his legal challenge was "not trying to interfere with Parliament".

He claims voters had a "legitimate expectation" that a referendum would be held after one was promised in Labour's last election manifesto on the EU constitution.

Unbelievable. It should not be up to the courts to decide what is and is not official government policy. It now seems that anything that gets mentioned in a manifesto, no matter how indirectly (as here, since the treaty is not the constitution), has to be implemented or the courts will claim they can review the situation. This is totally absurd.

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