By Al Innes
Tory leader David Cameron was left looking indecisive about his parties’ EU policy this morning as the Czech Republic ratified the Lisbon treaty. Cameron has not only angered voters with his decision but also Eurosceptics within his own party.
The current Conservative leader, tipped by many to be the next Prime Minister, had promised that the Tory’s would be “first in the air” by giving the British people a say on the Lisbon treaty. Cameron was forced into a devastating u-turn following the decision by the Czech Republic to become the 27th member state to ratify the treaty.
The Czech premier, Vaclav Klaus, had been seen as a Eurosceptic that may delay the treaty process until a UK general election, sadly for the leader of the official opposition the eastern European nation, who joined the EU in 2004, joined the Republic of Ireland in ratifying the treaty deciding it was in line with the Czech constitution.
Cameron has prided himself on his straight talking image. The Conservatives are keen to clarify the difference between a dithering Brown, unable to decide his favourite biscuit, and the smooth Cameron who seeks to bring back people’s trust in politics and politicians. Cameron has been accused of taking part in political point-scoring when he made the promise to allow for a UK vote on the controversial treaty earlier this year. The decision not to hold a referendum on the Lisbon treaty seen as a personal failure for the man who would be Prime Minister and marks a shift in direction for his party’s policy on Europe.
Foreign Secretary David Miliband has accused Cameron’s European strategy of being “false and dangerous”, this coming after the Conservative party had received criticism for leaving the European People’s Party, which includes Angela Merkel and Nicholas Sarkozy’s parties, to establish links with far-right groupings in the EU parliament.