|Author (Person)||Usherwood, Simon|
|Series Title||EUROPP Blog|
|Content Type||Journal | Series | Blog|
The British Prime Minister David Cameron has pledged to hold a referendum on the UK’s EU membership should he win a majority at the next general election. Simon Usherwood writes on the policy of the opposition Labour Party, who are reportedly considering offering a referendum on EU membership of their own. He argues that the main factor behind this decision is likely to be the upcoming European elections in May. Even if most voters are indifferent about voting and oblivious about the issues, Labour may feel that they need to build momentum in the run-up to the general election.
The reports that Labour are considering offering a referendum on EU membership is potentially the most significant step in the evolution of British European policy during this parliament. If it does come to pass in the next few weeks then it will mark a decisive shift in the terms of the British debate.
The party's leader, Ed Miliband, suggested on the 12 March 2014 that a future Labour government would only hold a referendum on Britain's membership of the European Union before 2020 if more powers were transferred to Brussels.
David Cameron dismissed Ed Miliband's conditional promise of an in-out referendum on British membership of the European Union, saying it is clear Labour is in reality offering no choice and no referendum.
|Countries / Regions||United Kingdom|