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Tom Brake challenges the Government and Conservatives to support "in or out" referendum on Europe

January 29, 2008 2:58 PM

Tom Brake MP for Carshalton and Wallington has challenged the Government and the Conservatives to back the campaign for an "in or out" Euro referendum.

Tom Brake said, "A referendum would be the perfect opportunity for the British public to determine whether Britain should continue to be a member of the European Union or not.

"For decades we have argued about Britain's role in Europe but without voters having the chance to put their cross where it counts. We have been waiting for this chance for thirty years. We mustn't squander it again."

"Unfortunately the last time the House of Commons had a chance to vote for an "in or out" referendum, the Conservatives joined forces with the Labour Government to block the proposal".

"The EU has changed radically since the referendum in 1975. No one under fifty has been able to vote on the significant changes that have taken place over the last few decades. So whatever we all think about the EU and I support our membership, we should all agree that the people must have their say."

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