100 Conservative MPs urge Cameron to speed up the anti-EU referendum
British PM urged to speed up EU vote
Wed, 03 Apr 2013 14:12:17 GMT
More than 100 Conservative MPs have written to British Prime Minister David Cameron, calling on him to speed up his plans for a referendum on the country’s membership in the European Union (EU).
Dozens of British backbenchers urged the PM to pass legislation before the end of this parliament which promises a referendum by 2017.
The letter comes after Germany and France snubbed Cameron’s proposal for an assessment of the impact of the European Union’s regulations on Britain and other EU members.
The organizer of the letter and the MP for Basildon and Billericay John Baron said, “There would be no downside in trying to pass this legislation.”
“The legislation offers the chance to convince the electorate. The referendum promise has to be credible and believable.”
Downing Street officials, however, ruled out any new laws prior to 2015 general election, saying that it is unlikely for the bill to gain Liberal Democrats or Labour‘s approval.