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EU referendum date 'arbitary'

Labour's Douglas Alexander has told the debate into plans for an in/ out EU referendum that the date for the proposed vote was "arbitrary" and not in "the national interest".

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".