Letting Britain Decide

James Brokenshire has given his backing to an in-out referendum on Britain's membership of the EU before the end of 2017.  Earlier today the MP voted for the European Union (Referendum) Bill to receive a second reading in the House of Commons.  The Bill would set the date and question of the referendum and place a legal obligation on the Government to hold it. 

If elected at the next General Election, a Conservative government would negotiate a new settlement with the EU. It would then hold an in-out referendum before the end of 2017 – stay in the EU on these new terms, or come out.

Commenting James Brokenshire:

“I warmly welcome the overwhelming endorsement given to the EU Referendum Bill today.  The Bill would legislate for an in-out referendum before the end of 2017. 

“Few people are happy with the current relationship with the EU. That's why I think we should negotiate a new settlement with the EU that is better for Britain and then put this to the public.  It is about letting the people decide.”