UK High Court to consider referendum on EU reform treaty Mike Rosen-Molina at 1:33 PM ET
[JURIST] The UK High Court has agreed to consider whether the UK government must put the ratification of the new EU reform treaty [JURIST news archive], properly known as the Treaty of Lisbon [official website; PDF text], to a public vote. Influential UK Conservative Party donor Stuart Wheeler [BBC profile] launched a legal bid to force a referendum [JURIST report] in January, arguing that Prime Minister Gordon Brown [official website] had broken a pledge to hold a referendum on the pact warranting judicial review. Brown has said that a referendum is unnecessary because the treaty does not affect the UK constitution or impinge on British sovereignty.
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