EU referendum: MPs call for public to have their say

Conservative MPs try to persuade the public that they need to give their votes in a referendum on whether Britain should remain in the European Union.

James Wharton proposed that such thing has to be voted by 2017 and the first time his proposal has been debated 304 MPs backed it.

Right after David Cameron found out the results of the vote he wrote on Twitter: “Referendum Bill passes first Commons stage, bringing us one step closer to giving the British people a say on Europe.”

Despite the results, which raised people’s hopes there are still many who will certainly oppose to the bill.

Ken Clarke, Sir Richard Shepherd, Jason McCartney, Sir Malcolm Rifkind and Gary Streeter were the only Conservative MPs who decided not to vote. Many companies might be affected by the result, as many corporate documents will be required if any changes occur.

When starting the debate Mr. Wharton said his bill would allow UK citizens decide the future of their country.  He mentioned that a good example of what he had said were the referendums held in Wales and Scotland.

“We have had so many referendums on so many things,” he said. “It would seem to be farcical to deny a say on such an important thing which matters to so many people.”

William Hague asked all the true democrats to support this bill as it would definitely lead to referendum.

However, Mr. Alexander called this referendum an obsession and stated it was unrealistic.

Because of the Lib Dem opposition, the promise of the prime minister of a referendum by the end of 2017, cannot be accomplished.

Bills proposed by private members have to be backed by the government, otherwise they cannot become laws.

According to UK Independence Party leader Nigel Farage if the campaign of the referendum is a good one many people would give their votes.


Cameron Talks about the Potential British EU Exit

If the Conservatives win the next elections British people are promised to take part into a referendum on EU membership.

However, David Cameron said he looked forward to a new settlement between Britain and the European Union. Just after this settlement British people should decide either to accept it or not.

Both Labour and the Liberal Democrats slammed Cameron’s speech.

According to Nick Clegg, a deputy PM, this acting in the shorter-term interests of the UK is a failure: “years and years of uncertainty because of a protracted, ill-defined renegotiation of our place in Europe”.

The opinion of the shadow foreign secretary Douglas Alexander, on the reform is that it will be a beneficial one but he also said that “the idea that you put a gun to the head of your European partners, that you stand in the departure lounge shouting at 26 other members of the EU as a way to get those changes, doesn’t make sense to me”.

Some EU critics claim that the proposal made by Cameron will probably not go far enough while others applauded his approach. The mayor of London Boris Johnson described this speech as “bang on” which would present “a chance to get a great new deal for Britain- that will put the UK at the heart of European trade but that will also allow us to think globally”.

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