Walking out of Parliament

Just walked out from Commons alongside the other Liberal Democrat MPs. Follows disgraceful blocking by the Parliamentary authorities of our amendment calling for an in/out referendum on Europe.

We’ve bended over backwards to try to deal with every request from them on this issue – and in the end, enough is enough – if you’re debating Europe, you should be able to vote on the central big issues on Europe.

The idea from the Deputy Speaker that we should take this up “through the usual channels” is, well…. let’s just say that’s exactly what we’ve been doing endlessly and in the end the verdict has been, “No, we the powers that be are going to veto your choice on what to put to debate and vote.”

What sort of charade of a Parliament is that?

UPDATE: The party news release from Nick Clegg and Ed Davey is here.

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