‘Notwithstanding any provision of the European Communities Act 1972, nothing in this Act shall affect or be construed by any court in the United Kingdom as affecting the supremacy of the United Kingdom Parliament.’
I'd have thought that for a Parliamentarian, that is pretty uncontentious stuff. Yet only forty MPs voted in favour and 380 voted against. Think about that for a minute. Forty MPs out of 650 sought to protect the supremacy of the UK Parliament. They were all Tories apart from 1 LibDem (Mike Hancock) and a few DUP MPs. I am most suprised that neither George Osborne, nor Vince Cable voted for this clause. Why? George Osborne wishes to impose higher taxes on Alcopos. Vince Cable wishes to reduce the VAT rate on fruit juices and smoothies (and he's not talking about his leader here...). Neither of them would actually be able to do that were they to become Chancellor of the Exchequer due to the terms of EU Directive 92/83. It comes to something when non-elected Commission bureaucrats can prevent a democratically elected government from making a marginal change in the tax rate on drinks. Hattip to Christopher Booker and EU Referendum.