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UK may hold EU referendum

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Britisk PM David Cameron is set to offer British voters a referendum on whether it is “in our interests or not to remain in the European Community”, says Eric Pickles, the Local Government Secretary.

In an interview for Pienaar’s Politics on BBC Radio 5 Live, he stressed that Britain should not remain in the EU “at any price” and promised to cast his vote in the referendum based on “national interest”.

Meanwhile, experts point out that the minister is thought to be the first to suggest publicly that voters will be offered an “in-out referendum” if the Conservatives win the next election. The Prime Minister is preparing to make a speech next week setting out Britain’s relationship with the EU and is expected to promise a future referendum, reports The Telegraph.

It should be added that the national vote is likely to happen in 2017 or 2018.

The Prime Minister has previously said he does not want to leave the EU, besides he is said to be increasingly alarmed by the “mad” rhetoric of some Conservative MPs.

As reported, on January 11 a delegation of German MPs was visiting London to talk with British officials and tell them about the serious consequences that would follow, if the country opted for leaving the European Union.

The delegation said if Britain left the EU, it would be disastrous for its economy, BBC reported.

“Losing the single market for the UK would be an economic disaster. Britain leaving [the EU] would weaken the European idea, but it would weaken Britain’s position in the world more,” said Gunther Krichbaum, a member of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s ruling CDU party.

He also argued that Britain would suffer a significant loss of global prestige if it left the EU club and stressed that “renegotiating the Lisbon Treaty is first of all legally impossible.”

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  1. p. says:

    Latvia should leave too. Latvia after joined EU became a bubble then crisis.

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  2. Josh says:

    I don’t believe there is a single person apart from the politcians in the UK who wants to remain in the EU……its a total shambles, all countries argue with each other. Until there is total harmony with all EU countries the idea of one big EU country is maddness.

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    • jj says:

      Wrong!
      A poll published in the UK yesterday showed twice as many wanting to stay in the EU as those wanting to leave!

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  3. JPR says:

    I always vote for UKIP! We need to get out of the EU.

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  4. Andy says:

    The Opinium/Observer survey finds that 56% of people would probably or definitely vote for the UK to go it alone if they were offered the choice in a referendum. About 68% of Conservative voters want to leave the EU, against 24% who want to remain; 44% of Labour voters would probably choose to get out, against 39% who would back staying in, while some 39% of Liberal Democrats would probably or definitely vote to get out, compared with 47% who would prefer to remain in the EU

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    • jj says:

      That survey was last November.
      Try looking at the Sunday Times survey last weekend.

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      • jj says:

        It was a YouGov poll for the Sunday Times.

        “When we asked people last July how they would vote in these circumstances, we found that 42% would vote to remain in the EU while 34% would vote to leave. Today, the results are far more emphatic. The margin for staying in the EU is exactly two-to-one: 50-25%.”

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  5. Tom says:

    december 2012:-
    Britons are feeling less than festive about Europe

    Every month YouGov runs its EuroTrack survey, a multi-country study tracking public opinion in the UK, Germany, France and the Nordic countries.

    Looking at the latest data, the results of two questions (one a serious political issue, the other more light-hearted) grabbed my attention.

    First, the serious political issue: how would people in the countries we surveyed vote in a referendum on EU membership? Majorities in Germany and Denmark were strongly in favour of remaining in the European Union, while France, Sweden and Finland were less supportive, but still with more people in favour of staying in the EU than those who would support leaving.

    Brits, meanwhile, by a vote of 51 per cent to 30 per cent, say that they would vote to leave the European Union.

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