This is a succint blog as it is more an entreaty to read this excellent bit of research by Philip Cowley of Nottingham University into Euro-rebellions of the past. It’s a vital piece of analysis ahead of Monday’s vote over whether Britain should have a referendum on pulling out of the EU.
In a nutshell Cowley predicts that the final tally won’t be as high as the 100 that some have suggested (on the basis that the whips always peel away some potential rebels). One calculation reckons 78 have already put their heads over the parapet. Read more