Crossbench votes are always crucial in the Upper House as it now is. But the decisive role in the Bill’s consideration may well be played by the Official Opposition.
He often disagrees with EU policies, but would not be averse to using its powers and institutions to promote a very different, nativist, concept of Europe and Europeans.
The Law and Justice Party has sought to foment a poisonous dynamic which could do great harm to relations with Poland’s Jews.
The EU bureaucracy, with its supranational claims, is a godsend to him. But he is more pragmatic than he looks. He does not want a Hungary without allies.
Dissidents in Eastern Europe could look to Thatcher’s Britain to stand up for their liberty. Are we still the sort of people to whom democrats turn?
Are the fundamental tenets of freedom – that of association, expression, and worship – being maintained to their fullest extent? Some would say not.
By appeasing blackmailing autocrats such as the Turkish President, the EU is undermining the democratic and liberal values which it’s supposed to support.