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.”