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The sun sets on the British Empire

And without a shot being fired:

Britain’s MPs voted yesterday to deny the public a referendum on the Treaty of Lisbon, the European Union’s substitute for the Constitution that failed in 2005 after being defeated by Dutch and French plebiscites. The House of Commons vote, 311 to 248 — a majority of 63 — defeated a Conservative amendment that would have allowed the British public a say in whether the treaty would come into effect in the country.

Before we get too smug here in the U.S., we should remember that the Bush administration’s Security and Prosperity Partnership is effectively knitting us into a North American Union with Canada and Mexico, and it’s being done without even bringing the plan to Congress for a vote, much less you and me.

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