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David Cameron promises vote on Europe: What do you think?
11:55am Wednesday 23rd January 2013 in News
DAVID Cameron today promised a referendum on the UK's membership of the EU by the end of 2017, and pledged he would campaign "with all my heart and soul" for Britain to stay in.
In a major speech in London, the Prime Minister said the Conservative manifesto for the 2015 general election will ask for a mandate to negotiate a "new settlement" for Britain in Europe, which will be put to voters in a referendum within the first half of the five-year parliament.
His offer threatened to drive a wedge through the heart of the coalition Government, with Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg warning that a renegotiation of Britain's position in Europe was "not in the national interest" and would lead to years of uncertainty for business.
And there were immediate questions over whether other EU states will be prepared to negotiate a special "a la carte" membership for the UK.
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