Campaign to Reject the European Constitution
66 Chippingfield, HARLOW,
Essex, CM17 0DJ
Tel: 01279 635789
www.european-referendum.org.uk <https://www.european-referendum.org.uk />
Patron: The Duke of Rutland
Chairman: Derek Norman
Secretary: Tony Bennett
Press Officer: Bryan
Webmaster: Peter Rogers
Development: Graham Wood
2 March 2008
On Target Britain: Dear Editor,
write to draw the attention of your readers to an increasingly popular campaign
to try to win a referendum on the E.U. Reform Treaty, which nearly all European
leaders recognise and admit is the European Constitution in disguise.
campaign consists of a simple pre-printed and numbered petition card, pre-addressed
to Her Majesty the Queen, a copy of which I am pleased to enclose for your attention.
It is in effect virtually the same card that we used on a previous occasion,
back in 2003, when nearly 180,000 people ordered our cards and sent them off to
Her Majesty. During that campaign we were greatly encouraged when we received
a letter from Her Majestys Chief Correspondence Secretary, Deborah Bean,
informing us that the Queen had instructed her staff to brief her regularly on
the number of postcards being received. At the height of our campaign, Buckingham
Palace was receiving several hundred cards a day. We terminated that campaign
on the day in May 2004 when Tony Blair faithfully promised us a referendum on
the terms of the E.U. Constitution.
We revived our campaign at the beginning
of the year. Last Wednesday, 27 February, we attended the Mass Lobby of Parliament,
where 3,000 or so queued to see their MPs demanding a referendum. The majority
of those present had not heard of our campaign. Once they understood what it was
about, they eagerly took our petition cards, signed them, and posted them to Buckingham
Palace. I should add that our campaign is strictly non-party-political.
asked us what we were doing to inform the nation about our campaign. This letter
to the editors ... is the result.
In our previous campaign, we distributed
180,000 cards in a year. It is a measure of the intense frustration and anger
felt by many at our politicians breaking their promise to allow a referendum on
the terms of this Treaty that although our campaign has been running just two
months, already over 150,000 cards have been requested and requests are coming
in at over 2,000 a day. The campaign until now has spread almost entirely by word
of mouth, though we do have a website. We make a small charge for the petition
cards to cover the cost of printing them, plus postage, but will always send them
out free to individuals and those who cant afford to pay for them.
We believe our previous postcard campaign may have broken two records:
the highest number of a single postcard ever printed and
(2) the largest number
of people to petition the reigning monarch on any issue.
we top 180,000 this time round, we shall break our own previous records.
We would therefore be most grateful if you would kindly agree to print the Letter
to the Editor pasted below.
Yours sincerely, Tony Bennett, Secretary....................
Letter to the Editor
Many of your readers may be frustrated that despite each political party
promising us a national referendum on whether or not Britain should adopt the
European Constitution, we are not being allowed a vote on the E.U. Reform Treaty
(the Lisbon Treaty), currently going through Parliament. Nearly all
E.U. leaders admit that this treaty is the E.U. Constitution under another name.
In a situation where our very Constitution is at risk, and
our MPs will not allow a vote, there is provision for the people to appeal directly
to the Queen.
We have devised a simple petition card, addressed to Her
Majesty, which calls on her to refuse Royal Assent to any Bill to implement the
Lisbon Treaty, until such time as we, the people, have had a referendum on its
terms. The Irish people are being allowed a referendum. So should we.
those who say the Queen is above politics and is bound to follow government advice,
we say two things. First, the Queen is not bound to follow advice that is clearly
unconstitutional. Second, if you visit the website of the U.K Parliament, it quite
clearly states there: The Monarch has the right to refuse Royal Assent.
The emphatic result of the polls conducted in Harlow and nine other
constituencies in the U.K. in February, revealing a massive 88% who want a referendum
on the Lisbon Treaty, underlines the need for us to appeal to the Queen over the
heads of Bill Rammell and all the other MPs who are denying us the referendum
In just two months since our campaign began, over 150,000
cards have been requested. We need many more to sign this petition. To obtain
a supply of petition cards, please write to us, e-mail us or phone us. (emphasis
Yours sincerely, Tony Bennett, Secretary
for a Referendum on the European Constitution
66 Chippingfield, HARLOW Essex
Tel: 01279 635789 Website:
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Mr Roger Bolton. BBC Radio 4 Feedback Programme March 3, 2008
Reporting of EU Lisbon Treaty Debates
of BBC listeners to this week edition of Feedback on the above matter may well
be in despair once again at the BBCs lightweight, if not cavalier, approach to
this EU Treaty/Constitution.
Indeed they would
assert that this is characteristic of the whole BBC coverage, or rather non-coverage,
of EU matters in general and the Treaty in particular - thus justifying the BBCs
popular label as the Brussels Broadcasting Co.
mention two things:
1. The matter of coverage of EU matters on BBC Radio
4, and particularly the Today programme, has been carefully and meticulously
monitored by several people, and not least Lord Pearson of Rannoch over a period
of many months which provided the basis of a report.
His conclusions revealed
clear evidence of massive bias on the part of the BBC towards a pro-EU position
and hostile to eurosceptics, as much through omission as well as through a preponderance
of pro-EU commentators. May I suggest you verify his findings through his office
at the House of Lords?
2. On the Feedback
website you refer to the Lisbon treaty as follows: The Treaty of Lisbon has been
debated in Parliament for two weeks. If it is passed it could have huge ramifications
on the UK, but where have the news reports been?
The BBCs Europe editor Mark
Mardell will be discussing coverage or lack of it, of the EU.
in response to this, many listeners would simply point out to Mr Mardell and to
Feedback that not once so far, and certainly in my own experience I have found
this to be the case, have the implications of the Treaty been honestly spelled
out on Radio 4. (I leave aside BBC TV Any Questions & Question Time* coverage
which is equally unbalanced).
This is a grave charge, but it is entirely accurate,
and I challenge you to deny this and reproduce any evidence to the contrary. Secondly,
Mr Mardell repeated the frequent comment about the sheer complexity of the Treatys
content, quite rightly, but then used it as an excuse for failing to make clear
to listeners the easily understood main proposals, or their implications, in what
he earlier referred to as its huge ramifications.
there are countless websites, think tanks, as well as responsible and well informed
blogs which have consistently made clear these ramifications without any difficulty
and with clarity.
Why is the BBC not able to research in this area where others
have already covered the ground extensively and in great detail?
example, the think tank Open Europe has excellent and well researched information
about the Treaty that can be read and absorbed by any average reader who wishes
to know the truth.
Thirdly, whilst I do not
profess to be an expert, I managed with a little research via various commonly
known sources of information to produce a small handbook on the Treaty and, equally
important, its implications for us in the UK (see enclosed Plain Mans Guide
to the EU Constitution - Questions and Answers ).
This continues to sell
in thousands in the UK, and consistently the response to it is:
A. Why has
nobody told us all this before?, and
B. The facts you have made known about
the EU treaty are clear and easily understood by ordinary people.
perhaps Feedback should ask the question as to why as many as 160,000 or more
people have, in just the last two months alone, via CRECs campaign, petitioned
the Queen direct to ask her not to give her Royal Assent to a Lisbon Treaty/Constitution
Bill without the government first honouring its promise of a referendum? (please
see CREC purple postcard petition card enclosed).
All of these - and we
received orders for an average of 2000 more purple postcards from CREC each day
- have understood the implications of Lisbon sufficiently to take this action,
and without the apparent difficulties that Mr Mardell and his BBC colleagues seem
to have in overcoming their continued reticence on the Treaty and their inability
- or is it really unwillingness? - to articulate something of its meaning.
sincerely, Graham Wood Development Officer CREC Northern Office
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