Re: James 51
"....at some point someone we have elected has signed on the dotted line." No. Gordon Brown had not been elected PM when he signed the Madrid of Lisbon, he had inherited the position after Tony Blair stood down. Indeed, Labour and Brown had pledged to allow a referendum on the EU Constitution in their 2005 manifesto, but when it looked likely they would lose he broke that promise. The Treaty of Lisbon radically changed the previous two EU treaties, that of Maastricht from 1993 and Rome from 1958, and fundamentally changed the EU's powers, especially regarding foreign trade agreements. That little bit of unelected skullduggery helped earn Labour its worst ever European election results in 2009, coming third and being beaten by UKIP!