It is being reported by Shane Greer on Iain Dale's blog that Ming has ruled out the Lib Dems supporting a referendum on having an EU constitution. If so, what a catastrophic and misguided political move it could prove to be.
Ming may support the EU, but most British people are now deeply sceptical of the EU. This does not mean they are anti it, but a further deepening of the EU's powers, or indeed for that matter a taking away of EU powers needs to have the approval of the British people. If the EU constitution is 96% similar to the old constitution then people will want to vote on it. After all, the last constitution apparently did need a referendum.
And for those who support the EU, don;t be under any misapprehension that you are going to strengthen the EU and people's faith in it by getting the new Constitution through without a referendum. The only way to really engage people in the EU and make people like it again is to have a referendum, win the argument and sell the EU to everyone.
By denying the party the right to say that we trust the people on leaflets in a forthcoming election we leaving Lib Dem candidates hamstrung around the country. Ming is wrong on this.