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EU referendum date 'arbitary'

5 July 2013 Last updated at 14:06 BST

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".

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