Gordon Brown, liar and Prime Minister, finds himself increasingly painted into a corner this morning over the issue of a referendum on the EU Constitution.

Notwithstanding that a lifebelt has been chucked into the sea by the Sir Menzies Campbell, who has shamefully thrown his lot in with Gordon Brown, the TUC has voted decisively in favour of a referendum being held, albeit for reasons that differ radically from the mainstream objections to the Constitution Mark II. Bearing in mind the Union’s role in bankrolling Labour, especially at election time, this must be accounted a major embrassment for our dishonourable Prime Minister. Some may opine that the Union’s influence is not what it was and that Labour routinely ignores their views anyway, this is surely a matter of a quite different stripe. He has campaigned hard to persuade them not to vote thus and their insistence on Labour’s promise be kept, whatever the motive, is a personal rebuff to him. The TUC vote may have a significant effect on Labour MPs considering supporting calls for a referendum, not least because many still receive significant financial support from the Union paymasters.

Another problem has now arisen in addition to the panic at the FCO over Foreign affairs to which I adverted yesterday (here). Germany, Italy, Spain, Ireland and Luxembourg are now trying to get the EU to seize even more power over foreign affairs and justice, as the Daily Telegraph reports (here). Thus each one of Brown and Blair’s red lines is under assault. There is, it seems, fierce opposition to the UK’s desire to limit the power of the new EU Foreign Minister and to keep foreign affairs under the control of national governments. In addition our position on the “opt-in” over EU decisions on justice and home affairs is also being challenged.

One should not be surprised at any of this. The EuroNabobery never takes “No” for an answer, preferring instead either to introduce whatever is rejected by stealth and gobbledegook or simply by bullying the recalcitrant member until “No” becomes “Yes please and how terribly sorry we are for saying ‘No’ in the first place”.

Another little problem for Brown (actually a £3.6 billion problem) is that The Emperor José I has fixed his beady eyes on our rebate again, yet another example of how much they dislike members saying ‘No’ when we should be saying ‘Yes’. They would dearly love to abolish the rebate (£3.6 billion makes for a lot of hand outs to grateful supplicants, after all) and will not give up until they get every last penny out of us.

“We will have a discussion on this with no taboos. I will talk to Mr. Brown,” he said. “The two go together. It is not a coincidence that we are talking of a reform treaty and reform of the budget.”

Given how unpopular being forced to hand yet more loot over to an institution that has not signed off its accounts for donkey’s years would be and how that would play into the hands of those of us who desire a referendum, this is a clear case of how sometimes sheer greed can blind political commonsense. So, not only are we to surrender our independence to the EU, we are going to have to pay, pay and pay again for the privilege of so doing.

Meanwhile Mr. Cameron has said that the Conservatives will now use one of their allotted periods for initiating a debate to put down a motion for a referendum. This is to be commended, but the Tories need to approach this with care in order not to frighten off those Labour and LibDem MPs who might be inclined to support such a motion. There were signs that the Conservative party was perhaps not pressing the attack as much as it might. This is hopefully a sign that the lull in the campaign is at an end.