William Hague "I have in my hand, a piece of paper, signed by Humpy van Rumpy"
Referendum Bill aims to reassure Tory Eurosceptics | The Times (£)
William Hague, the Foreign Secretary, has promised that in future all attempts to transfer sovereignty to Europe will involve a vote by the public. But the Government risks accusations that it has watered down its promises after allowing a loophole to evade a referendum in certain circumstances where it does not consider the EU legislation “significant”.
These would include cases where EU bodies were given the power to impose new requirements, obligations or sanctions on Britain.
The Bill also includes a “sovereignty clause”, confirming the principle that Parliament has the final say on which laws take effect in Britain, although the Foreign Office acknowledged that this was symbolic.
The full text of the agreement William Hague has reached with our European colleagues can be found here