Monday, 6 May 2013

Hold a ballot on EU next year, PM is told

DAVID Cameron was last night facing fresh pressure from senior Tories to accelerate his plans for an in-out referendum on Britain’s membership of the European Union.

Around 20 Conservative right-wingers are calling on the Prime Minister to hold a “mandate referendum” as early as next spring.

Voters would be asked whether they supported Mr Cameron’s plan to negotiate a new relationship between Britain and the EU.

The new settlement could then be put to a second referendum after the general election in 2015 in line with the PM’s existing proposals.

It is being seen as an attempt to claw back support lost to Ukip in the wake of their success at last week’s local council elections.


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