Taken from the Daily Express - http://www.dailyexpress.co.uk/posts/view/52947 GORDON Brown was last night accused of betraying Britain with a âgrubbyâsurrender to Brussels. Under a cloak of secrecy, the Government finally ratified the Lisbon Treaty earlier this week and committed the country to a new deluge of European meddling. In a sign of the Prime Ministerâs personal embarrassment over the betrayal, the historic step was only made public yesterday â 24 hours after the covert ceremony had taken place. The instrument of ratification was signed by the Queen, who had no choice. Because Mr Brown had signed the treaty, she was constitutionally forced to follow suit. The document was then flown in a diplomatic bag to Rome and delivered to the Italian Foreign Ministry at noon on Wednesday. Mr Brown was last night facing widespread revolt and even the threat of further legal action after forcing the treaty into law without the promised referendum. Tory Shadow Foreign Secretary William Hague said: âGordon Brown has no democratic or moral authority to sign Britain up to what is a renamed EU constitution. This move is a total breach of trust with the British people and a flagrant breach of his solemn election promise. It is a sign of how arrogant and out of touch this Government has become that it is totally uninterested in what the British people want on Europe. âIt also means that the Government is joining in the ugly bullying of the Irish people, who have clearly rejected this treaty in a referendum. Trying to push ahead with the treaty shows an utter lack of respect for the Irish votersâ democratic decision. âAs long as the Irish decision is not reversed, the EU treaty will not be in force at the next general election. A new Conservative Government would then take back the instrument of ratification and put the treaty to a referendum, recommending a âNoâ vote. âThat is the honourable and democratic thing to do.â He pointed out that Mr Brown signed the treaty last year in a bizarre solo ceremony separate from the EUâs 26 other national leaders. Mr Hague added: âWhether itâs Brown turning up late to sign the treaty or slipping out the news that theyâve finally handed over the crucial document, Labour has never had the guts to come out and put a case for the repackaged EU constitution.â Tory backbencher Douglas Carswell, a leading Euro-sceptic, said: âThe way this treaty was signed was underhand and grubby and a betrayal of the UK. It shows this treaty has no proper legitimacy. And I think it also shows how useless our Parliament is. âWhile MPs were debating their expenses and deciding whose snout should go in which trough, another serious erosion of British sovereignty was taking place.â Lorraine Mullally, of the Euro-sceptic think-tank Open Europe, said: âThe Government has been dishonest and cowardly about this right from the beginning. âFirst Gordon Brown signed it in Brussels in secret and now theyâve ratified it on the sly. They are ashamed of it because they know people donât want it. Gordon Brown has behaved in a cowardly way because he is scared of the voters.â Andy Smith, of the Campaign For An Independent Britain, said: âThe whole history of this treaty is one of trickery and deceit. They reckon they can slip it through.â A Foreign Office spokesman last night claimed the timing of the British ratification was dictated by the administrative process of drawing up the documents and getting the required signatures. âRatification is a matter for each individual EU nation. There is no question at all of Ireland being bullied,â the spokesman added. Words cannot express my revulsion for this traitor. Can we stop this man?????????