David Cameron speech: UK and the EU

Key points

  • David Cameron promises a referendum on EU membership in the first half of the next parliament
  • In a speech, he argues that the British people's consent for the EU is "wafer thin"
  • Deputy PM Nick Clegg says the referendum promise will "hit growth and jobs"
  • At PMQs, Mr Cameron says he will campaign to stay in the EU if membership renegotiation aims are met
  • Labour says the speech shows Mr Cameron is "weak"
  • UKIP leader Nigel Farage says the referendum should happen before the 2015 election

Live text


  • Samantha Dalton 
  • Justin Parkinson 
  • Kayte Rath 

Last updated 23 January 2013

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