Martin Robinson
Daily Mail

October 2, 2011

David Cameron and William Hague have today said they have no wish to hold a referendum on Europe as MPs are set to discuss whether there should be one.

In a move that will dismay the right of the Tory party set to gather in Manchester their leadership says withdrawal from the EU ‘would be bad for Britain’.

It was revealed today MPs are set to vote on a referendum before Christmas 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.

It will be the first time Parliament has held a major vote on seeking the public’s view since the 1975 referendum confirming the decision to join – but if MPs vote in favour of a referendum the result would not be binding on the Government.

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