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Wheeler to appeal High Court decision

On 25 June the High Court refused Stuart Wheeler's claim that the government had breached his legitimate expectation by refusing to hold a referendum on the Lisbon Treaty. He was refused permission to appeal to the Court of Appeal.

Wheeler said that the denial of an appeal "is not unusual and we have informed the government that we shall apply to the Court of Appeal for permission to appeal".

He added, "Solicitors for the Prime Minister refused, on technical legal grounds, to produce documents which would, I feel sure, show that the only reason the PM is refusing a referendum is that he believes that he would lose it."

This point may be important in gaining the right to appeal, and it may be provable without the documents.

Games - even those determining the fate of nations - can be won in overtime.

They often turn on character. Mr Brown's actions show fear. Mr Wheeler's express fortitude in the face of adversity.