Cameron now looking to Czechs to save his euroscepticism

David Cameron’s last hope of a referendum in the UK now rests with a belligerent Czech President who is defying his own parliament by refusing to sign the Lisbon Treaty. This is so because the Tory leader has said he will only call a referendum if the Treaty has still not been ratified by all member states if and when he becomes Prime Minister.

Gavin Hewitt on his blog says the Tories may have left it too late;

But the Czech president today sent a message that in a sense was telling the Tories not to depend on a Czech delay. He said that after today’s referendum “there will never be another referendum in Europe”. He was then asked whether he had a message for Britain. “I am afraid,” he replied, “that the people of Britain should have been doing something really much earlier and not just now, too late, saying something and waiting for my decision”.

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    Conall

    ‘the Czech president today sent a message that in a sense was ‘telling the Tories not to depend on a Czech delay.’

    Not to worry . The Tories will see to it that the annual cheque of 6 billion sterling to the NI public sector dependency will not be delayed .It will however be less than in previous years ;).

    ‘He said that after today’s referendum “there will never be another referendum in Europe”.’

    This Czech President needs checking . There will be future referenda in Ireland whenever any issue requires a constitutional change . And even Northern Ireland is promised a referendum if and or when Northern Irish Nationalists ever get around to outbreeding Unionists.

    ‘He was then asked whether he had a message for Britain. ‘ “I am afraid,” he replied, “that the people of Britain should have been doing something really much earlier and not just now, too late’

    Shades of 1939 as the Sudetenland was returned to the fatherland and Prime Minister Chamberlain’s nice piece of paper waved in the wind as the Wehrmacht entered Prague while the British & French whistled on .

    Too little and too late says the Czech President ?

    LOL .

    Sure any Irishman with a grasp of the history of this island could have told the Czech President that

    ‘too little and too late ‘ was always standard operating procedure for British policy towards and in Ireland for centuries .

    Of course better late than never some would say.

    As Northern Ireland’s electorate look at the soon to implode Assembly there may still be a majority of unionists who would prefer ‘never ‘ to ‘too late’.

    No surprise there .