The Prime Minister will attempt to reassert his eurosceptic credentials by launching an EU Bill promising MPs and the British people their say on any proposed transfer of sovereignty to the European Union.Conservative Home had an interesting piece on the changing face of Euro-scepticism in the party a couple of weeks ago and it's the younger voices (as opposed to the likes of Bill Cash) that he has to be wary of now:
But the move was condemned last night as a "cosmetic gesture" by Tory MPs who are still furious that Mr Cameron reneged on a pledge to hold a referendum on the controversial Lisbon Treaty, which has already transferred key powers to EU control.
More than two dozen Tory MPs have signed a protest motion and up to 50 could vote against the Government during a key debate on Wednesday asking MPs to approve the Treaty amendments, which give the EU the ability to oversee the budgets of member states.Too much of Cameron and the government's actions on the EU, right back to the "cast-iron" pledge of a referendum on Lisbon has seemed like PR posturing- giving one message to the party and nation, whilst agreeing something substantially different with Brussels. The inevitable result has been a strengthening of the nihilist wing of Euro-scepticism, the "Better Off Out" brigade.
Philip Davies, the Conservative MP for Shipley and member of the Better Off Out group, said: "As far as I'm concerned this is spitting in the wind.
"It is the ultimate in shutting the stable door after the horse has bolted. We have already given too many powers away. I want some powers back.
"You can't even say this is a step in the right direction, it's just promising not to put another step in the wrong direction."
A large rebellion on Wednesday won't ultimately do Cameron any harm if it forces him to realise the limits of his present approach. If he decides to plough on regardless, then he may soon well be fighting the enemy within as well as the one facing him across the despatch box.