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.