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High Court report - just in

I've just left the High Court. Britain's fate may hang on the decision that will be made here in London.

For a second day Stuart Wheeler, represented by Rabinder Singh QC, defended the British people and common law by arguing that the government had broken its promise to the British people to hold a national referendum on the EU constitution, now known as the Lisbon Treaty. The keeping of promises is at the heart of the law. Every person has the right to expect that a promise, especially one made in writing, as the government's was, will be kept.

Singh's arguments were complex, based on centuries of case law. Assisting him was Jessica Simor. Opposing them were six bewigged government barristers - our tax money at work - defending the government, and arguing that it ruled supreme and could do anything it liked.

If the Lisbon Treaty passes, every aspect of British life will be ruled by the EU - everything from our bin collection to our armed forces, from our farmers and our fishermen (already ruled and ruined) to our small and mid-sized businesses, from our rural life to London.

You may wonder why the government does not see this, or if it does see it, does not care. You may even think any government would be better than this one.

The more remote and unaccountable our government is, the worse it will be for us. This government - any government - must be made to keep its promises.

The British people have said they wish to negotiate an entirely new and modern relationship with Europe. We do not want an empire. Empires are old hat.

At the end of the afternoon, the two Law Lords hearing the case promised that a decision on whether the government owed the people the promised referendum would be handed down as soon as possible.

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