Free Vote by MPs on EU Referendum

It has been reported that the Prime Minister is to enforce a three line whip to ensure conservatives vote against the forthcoming EU Referendum Bill. All MPs are elected to represent their constituents and not the wishes of one man. It is immaterial whether or not that person is Prime Minister. If the Prime Minister is confident that the right course of action is to stay in the EU he should have nothing to fear from free and frank discussions of this issue in Parliament.

This petition request support for all MPs to be allowed a free vote on the EU Referendum Bill following full discussion of the facts in parliament.

This e-petition has been rejected with the following reason given:

E-petitions cannot be used to request action on issues that are outside the responsibility of the government. This includes:

  • party political material
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The following explanatory notes have been added:

Whipping is a matter for political parties, and not HM Government.

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Created By

Michael Smith

Created On

Wednesday 19 October 2011

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