James G. Wile
Isn't it three strikes and you're out? Not in the European Union, it seems. Just taxation without representation. Three times, and in three countries, Europe's governing elites have now blocked attempts to submit the so-called European Project of the European Union and its currency, the euro, to a popular vote. In one case, the attempt by a head of government to call a referendum even triggered his ouster from power and his replacement by an EU banker.
First was in the United Kingdom. There, on October 23, Conservative Prime Minister David Cameron and his coalition government faced down a Parliamentary resolution sponsored by his own Conservative back-benchers. It would have required that the UK's membership in the European Union be put to a referendum. The Conservatives once stood for such a vote.
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