Douglas Alexander
Media playback is unsupported on your device
Video

EU referendum date 'arbitary'

Conservative MPs have called for the public to have their say on the UK's future in the European Union as they debate plans for a referendum.

James Wharton, whose bill proposes a vote by 2017, said he was "speaking for millions of people" in the country.

But Labour's Douglas Alexander said the referendum date was "arbitrary" and not in "the national interest".

Go to next video: EU referendum 'has full backing' of PM