Hold your European Horses there Mr Brown…

Stuart Wheeler’s url has been appearing regularly in my gmail feed for the last couple of months… He’s taken an action against the Labour Prime Minister over an alleged breach of promise to hold a referendum on the original European Constitution. Mark Mardell reports the Judge’s brisk shot across Mr Brown’s bow:

“The court is very surprised that the Government apparently proposes to ratify while the claimant’s challenge to the decision not to hold a referendum on ratification is before the court. The court expects a judgement to be handed down next week. The defendants are invited to stay their hand voluntarily until judgement. If, in the absence of any satisfactory assurance to that effect, the claimant decides to seek injunctive relief, I direct that the application be placed before me personally.”

Of course it is no indication of the final judgement, but… it puts a brake on any early consensus as to how Europe might proceed… Hmmm… This could get very interesting…

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