Bill Cash in the Times writes: "(…) In the aftermath of the European elections, it is important to bear in mind why it is that the United Kingdom Independence Party has done well and, although successful, the Conservative Party has faced this challenge.

"The deputy leader of UKIP, Mike Nattrass, MEP, stood against me in the general election in 2005 when UKIP was on virtual parity with its current electoral success.

"He lost his deposit. There is a lesson here which is that the Conservative Party is at last united over the Lisbon treaty and a call for a referendum has to go farther — which is to have a referendum on the Lisbon treaty whatever the outcome of the Irish vote, and whether or not Lisbon has been ratified by all member states.

"My motion to this effect was strongly supported by at least 50 Conservative MPs last year. Furthermore, it is imperative that we endorse my “supremacy of Parliament” amendment, also supported by at least 50 Conservative MPs, that would allow passage of Westminster legislation to override European legislation, and require the judiciary to observe and obey that latest law.

"In Visions of Europe (1993) I predicted that the direction of the European ideologues and treaty-makers would lead to the rise of the far Right on the back of economic failure, unemployment, immigration and undemocratic centralisation. We now see the proof in the first national success of the BNP.

"We need an association of nation states. We need, as David Cameron has said, “trade and co-operation” with the European Union; we do not want or need European government.

"And we need British laws for British judges, which is what I said before UKIP borrowed this from what I stated to Gordon Brown in the House of Commons on November 14, 2007. With these policies the Conservative Party is guaranteed total victory and No 10."