Part of Orders of the Day – in the House of Commons at 5:18 pm on 21st January 2008.
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For the same reason that the right hon. Gentleman voted against a referendum on the Maastricht treaty in 1992—namely, that we are a parliamentary democracy and this is an amending treaty.
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Posted on 26 Jan 2008 12:14 am (Report this annotation)
The difference is that the Government included a clear promise to hold a referendum in their election manifesto for the 2005 general election. I don't believe there was any such commitment in the Conservative manifesto for the 1987 general election, being the one before the debates on the Maastricht treaty.
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