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Ed Miliband says Labour will not commit to EU referendum
« on: March 12, 2014, 03:12:25 AM »
Via the BBC:

A future Labour government would not call an in/out referendum on the UK's membership of the EU unless it was being asked to transfer more powers to Brussels, Ed Miliband has said.

In an article for the Financial Times, the Labour leader said his party "strongly believes Britain's future is in the EU".

He also criticised the Conservatives' "damaging obsession" with EU policy.

But Prime Minister David Cameron said only his party will "guarantee" a vote.

"By his own admission, Ed Miliband says it's unlikely there'll be an in/out referendum on Europe under Labour," the prime minister posted on Twitter.

Mr Miliband is expected to unveil more details in a speech on Wednesday.

His party has previously backed holding a referendum if it is proposed that further powers are transferred to Brussels.

But the Labour leader has now clarified that this would be an in/out referendum.

"This would not just be a referendum on the narrow question of whether to allow a transfer of powers from Britain to Brussels; as we have seen in other countries, such votes are too easily ignored," he wrote.

He also criticised Mr Cameron's promise of an in/out referendum in 2017, which he described as an "arbitrary timetable" ensuring that "a Conservative government would be dominated by an all-consuming and damaging obsession within his party about whether Britain should leave the EU".

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Milibland. STFU. We have been promised a referendum on EU membership since 1990. What's a matter? Don't you trust us peons to vote the right way?
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