The Liberal Democrat leader defended his party's position towards the European Union with a reference to the referendum lock during Deputy Prime Minister's question time in the House of Commons yesterday. This refers to an Act of Parliament passed during the early days of the coalition stating that any treaty change has to be put to the British people. It does not refer to an in/out referendum.
Now, it is clear that treaty change will form part of the European agenda in the next two years. M. Hollande, in his press conference today, clearly stated that the Eurozone elite: impervious to economic suffering, will integrate and preserve depression in aspic. The Eurozone will form the core of a political unit and, reflecting on his history, Hollande noted that Britain had not joined Europe at the beginning of the treaties.
When the Conservatives are unable to agree on a consensus towards Europe, and a new Treaty will promote Eurozone integration with negotiations commencing in June, the sirenic call of a referendum can only grow stronger.