Nick Clegg’s in line for more misery over Europe. Today, Lord McNally announced that Lib Dem peers would go against Clegg’s orders by not abstaining from the upcoming referendum vote. Instead, they’re set to vote against a referendum on the Lisbon Treaty.
Many of the pro-referendum brigade had pinned their dwindling hopes on the Lords. But McNally’s revelation makes it extremely unlikely that the UK will get the say it was promised. In a way, then, Clegg will get the outcome he wanted. Although his grip on the Lib Dems has been shattered in the process.