So we are going to have a referendum after all.
The EU will not be pleased as they probably spent more time trying to avoid a referendum here than they did working on the treaty itself.
What happens next?
Even as I type the gubmint spin-doctors are working out how best to lie, cheat and coerce us into giving a Yes vote. First out of the traps is that Creighton one with her “send a very negative signal to investors” crack. But she has taken the king’s shilling so is probably worried more about her own job, with its fancy salary and even fancier perks.
The date hasn’t been announced yet but I can guarantee that between now and then we are going to hear a shed load of lies and scare stories.
“We have to sign to guarantee our economic future”
“There is no alternative to a Yes vote” [how about a No vote?]
“If we vote No, the ATMs will dry up and teachers won’t get paid” [the old jokes are the best jokes]
“If we vote No we will be isolated from the rest of Europe” [How?]
“Voting Yes will bring jobs and prosperity” [Hah! Remember Lisbon?]
“Voting Yes will guarantee the stability of the Euro” [like we give a fuck]
“If we vote No, the EU will turn its back on us” [is that a bad thing?]
“If we vote No we will destroy any chance of borrowing money to run the country” [I’m backing that one as a front runner]
And so on ad nauseum.
What they will not say is that voting Yes will enshrine into our constitution the right of an unelected foreign power to dictate how we run our affairs. What they will not say is that a Yes vote will force far worse austerity on us. What they will not say is that we are irrevocably singing away what semblance of independence and sovereignty we have left.
What they will not say is that a Yes vote will forever shackle us to the Titanic.