Via Open Europe:
The European Commission will next week propose that the budget for the European Union in 2012 should be increased from its current level.
The proposal will set in train a prolonged period of wrangling between the Council of Ministers and the European Parliament, over both the total level of spending and the allocation of the budget to specific policy areas.
A binding in/out referendum is long overdue but, in the meantime, thanks to the LibDems, who let us down over Lisbon, we now have to ask the public whether they want AV. Hardly the key deficiency in our constitution, is it?