Lib Dems split top to bottom on Europe, says former Lib Dem MEP

On the eve of the Commons referendum vote, Conservatives say Lib Dem flip-flop is “farcical”

Brussels, 4th March — Nick Clegg, Leader of the Liberal Democrats, was accused by one his former MEPs of running a “farcical” policy on the Reform Treaty which is alienating his own MPs, MEPs, party members and the public. The new Conservative MEP, Sajjad Karim, who defected from the Liberal Democrats in November, calls on his former colleagues in the Commons to back David Cameron’s referendum amendment tomorrow.

Mr Karim says:

“The Lib Dems are twisting in the wind on the referendum. For the first time in our history we see the imposition of a three line whip forcing Lib Dem MPs to sit on the fence or face the consequences. Those who follow this line will soon find that the public mood is set against taking away the right of the public to have their say.”

“Passionately Euro-federalist Lib Dem MEPs wanted the original constitution and still want it in the form of the Lisbon Treaty*. Nick Clegg’s call for an ‘in or out’ vote is a complete U-turn on manifesto commitments and is nothing but a party stitch-up intent on bailing Brown out but it is failing.”

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