Anyone who refers to the EU as a "free-trade area" should be automatically and eternally disqualified from commenting on it, but within the MSM the ethos is always "Never mind the quality, feel the prestige".
Recently, Hannan wrote about "Mike Weatherley, one of the 111 MPs who defied the Whips to vote for an In/Out referendum".
Under 24th October on http://www.publicwhip.org.uk/boths.php
we see that Weatherley voted twice - aye as well as no. (His no vote unwittingly saved the withdrawal movement from a catastrophic unforced error but he deserves no thanks.)
Weatherley may have voted twice so as to abstain formally (rather than remain in his seat during the division) or he may have done so rather more cynically in order to be able to say he voted to give the people a say (while keeping quiet about voting against and hoping people looked only at the list of "the 111" and not also at the long list of noes). Over and above that, Hannan should have pointed out that Weatherley voted also against an in-out referendum.
Hannan writes elegantly and this blinds the unwary to the fact that after his efforts at portraying the europlastic Tories as eurosceptic there's often no room left in his articles for the whole story.