David Cameron releases EU referendum Bill in bid to quell Tory revolt on Europe
Nigel MorrisDavid Cameron will try to quell a growing rebellion by his MPs over Europe today, after Barack Obama urged them to give the Prime Minister the space to win a better deal from the EU before Britain decides whether or not to leave it.
The Conservative leadership will publish a draft Bill to guarantee that an in/out referendum on Europe will be held by 2017. The timing is designed to limit a revolt in the Commons tomorrow and put pressure on the Liberal Democrats and Labour, who oppose committing now to a referendum some years away.
Speaking at a joint press conference with the Prime Minister at the White House, the United States President made clear that his administration would prefer the UK to remain in the EU club but said the final decision was a matter for the British people. He said: “David’s basic point – that you probably want to see if you can fix what’s broken in a very important relationship before you break it off – makes some sense to me.”
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"David Cameron releases EU referendum Bill in bid to quell Tory revolt on Europe", La Clé des Langues [en ligne], Lyon, ENS de LYON/DGESCO (ISSN 2107-7029), mai 2013. Consulté le 29/11/2023. URL: https://cle.ens-lyon.fr/anglais/archives/archives-revue-de-presse/david-cameron-releases-eu-referendum-bill-in-bid-to-quell-tory-revolt-on-europe