CHRIS Davies MEP claims that 'changes are unlikely to be huge' as a result of the proposed European Convention (Citizen letters, May 22).

The Government claims there is no need to hold a referendum to allow the British people to have their say. This fails to explain why many other countries in Europe are intending to hold referenda on the issue.

Peter Hain MP, the minister responsible, has publicly described the changes as 'mere tidying-up'. But far less publicised was his description to the Wales TUC conference, when he asserted that the issue as about 'designing a new political architecture for Europe'.

That sounds a lot less like tidying-up.

If other governments across Europe feel it right to give their people a say, why does the British government feel it can ignore our genuine concerns.

Christopher Binnie, Lancaster.