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David Cameron insists EU referendum is key for any future coalition

By DaveCDM  |  Posted: April 29, 2014

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A referendum on the UK's future in Europe will be the key issue for David Cameron if he is forced into any coalition negotiations following the 2015 general election.

The Prime Minister said he will not lead a government unless it implements his plan for a vote by the end of 2017 on severing ties with Brussels.

Mr Cameron said he did not believe the British people wanted to “instantly get up and walk away” from Europe but support for the current situation had “worn wafer thin”.

He said the commitment to a referendum was not something that he would “barter away” in any negotiations should there be a hung parliament after the 2015 election.

The Prime Minister was taking part in a telephone conference aimed at Tory supporters ahead of May 22’s European elections, where the Conservative vote risks deserting the party for Nigel Farage’s UKIP.

Mr Cameron said the issue of Europe would be one of his main concerns if he remained in No 10 after the next general election.

He said: “It’s very high up the priority list. If the Conservative Party and I am re-elected in 2015, which I believe we can do – it’s going to be tough, it’s going to be a big battle, but we can do it – if I achieve that in 2015, then we would have to work quickly to complete that renegotiation and hold that referendum.

“So it would be very high up the list of priorities for an incoming government.

“And as I’ve tried to say, this is not something that I would ever barter away or give away. I would not be prime minister of a government unless we could carry out our pledge of an in/out referendum.

“I think that’s a really clear promise and a very clear statement to make.”

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  • wringer  |  April 29 2014, 9:54PM

    Once upon a time there was a politician who could see he was losing his grip on power. then along came another politician with a great idea and although neither he nor his party really wanted to do it he decided this would become his big idea. then when the day of the promise drew nearer he found a really really good reason to go back on his promise. and they all lived happily ever after (and still in power) Anyone who believes that in either mine or their lifetime the conservatives are going to give them a referendum on Europe is absolutely and completely deluded. if Cameron and cronies believed in it then it would have happened already. all this utter rubbish about renegotiation is just so that he has a get out of jail card. pledge it Cameron now. with a date that you publish in your manifesto. no ifs no buts. give us all a proper say. oh, sorry, he couldn't do that. that would be democratic!!

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  • break  |  April 29 2014, 2:42PM

    Like anyone will believe anything Cameron now says, waste of time listening to him. It does interest me why they want us to stay in the EU so desperately, maybe if we leave it means more work for them to do.

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  • martian1956  |  April 29 2014, 2:05PM

    Voted no in 1975 and nothing has happened to change that opinion.

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  • josdave  |  April 29 2014, 1:30PM

    He is not the first Prime Minister to promise to negotiate more favourable terms and he won't be the last. The only way for this country to move forward is to leave the EU. We need to be able to make our own laws, control our borders fishing and agriculture and that is not going to happen as long as the three main parties, for whatever reason, want us to stay in. Given that with Germany we are a main contributor with all the other countries getting more out than they put in we would do far better on the open market. They need us more than we need them and it is a part of the Lisbon treaty that member states must continue trading with any nation that leaves. Why should we continue to pay £50million a day only to be told what to do as regards internal policies?

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  • DipStick  |  April 29 2014, 12:14PM

    Ah yes, a "reallly clear promise". Just like everything he says, we can see right through it! DS Oh, and yes, we should leave the EU.

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