This debate which is so close to my heart that I am almost bleeding is becoming passionate. It has become generational. The young turks are defending Cameron (ambition?) and the older disillusioned MPs are defending parliament.
It has been fascinating but the leading players have disappeared. Cameron, Clegg, Miliband and Hague and every Cabinet Minister and Shadow Cabinet Minister have disappeared on this issue. The main players, the people who keep us in Europe, have excused themselves from scrutiny. They are absent from the debate.
They know that the three line whip is conclusive. A three line whip decides everything because if you deny it then you lose your political career. You will never progress to a ministerial position. This is the threat because whips blackmail their members.
Tonight 111 members defied the whips and voted for democracy. This is a huge lobby! They are a very powerful group. We lost the battle but then we must win the war. It is crucial to retain our independence and freedom.