Douglas Carswell introduces EU Referendum Bill to Parliament
He has announced on his blog that has introduced a Bill in the House of Commons that would give the people a direct vote on Britain's membership of the European Union; the European Union Membership (Referendum) Bill.
All three political parties promised us a referendum on the Lisbon Treaty. Yet it never happened.
For thirty years, it's been left to politicians and diplomats to determine our Euro policy. No one under the age of 53 has had the chance to vote in a referendum on it. I think now it's time to let the people decide.
Naturally, given how government controls Parliament (as opposed to the other way around), my Private Members Bill faces an uphill struggle to become law. But it puts down a marker. It breaks the Westminster taboo. What has been unsaid for too long is now in print on the Order Paper.
If it is too late to have a vote on the Lisbon Treaty - and I think it is - then we need to have a vote on Rome.
This isn't just about Europe. It's about making politics link more directly to the people. It’s about direct democracy and people power.
My Bill is backed by MPs from all parties. And even by MPs who support the EU, but fear it lacks legitimacy without a vote.
Surely the only reason to oppose such a referendum must be fear of the result?
'Let the People Decide' is a familiar refrain.
Zak Goldsmith may have inherited his father's fortune and genes, but Douglas Carswell Sir James Goldsmith's true political progeny.
What a Whig!