MANCHESTER – British Prime Minister David Cameron Sunday said he would not support a referendum on UK membership of the European Union, according to ‘The Telegraph.’ It was revealed that MPs are set to vote on a referendum within the next few months, after a petition with more than 100,000 signatures was submitted calling for the public to be given the chance to decide whether Britain should stay in the EU.
Speaking at the start of the Conservative Party conference, Cameron played down the prospect of the Government repatriating powers from Brussels in the near future. The Government’s immediate priority on Europe is to get the crisis in the eurozone sorted out and revive the continent’s economy, he said.
The Commons Backbench Business Committee is expected to set a date before Christmas for a one-day debate in the House of Commons on an EU membership referendum. The vote will not be binding, but if MPs back a referendum, it will put massive pressure on Cameron to put the issue to the country.