Epping Forest MP Eleanor Laing calls on Prime Minister to bring forward EU Referendum

Eleanor Laing has raised the issue of the EU Referendum during Prime Minister’s Questions in the House of Commons.

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Mrs Laing said Epping Forest constituents wanted to have the referendum, and called on Prime Minister David Cameron to back a Private Member’s Bill which calls for the vote to be brought forward, so that the issue is resolved “by 2017”.

Speaking in the House of Commons today (Wednesday), Mrs Laing said: “The people of Epping Forest want to have a referendum on our relationship with the European Union.

“Does my right hon. Friend welcome the private Member’s Bill introduced by our hon. Friend the Member for Stockton South (James Wharton), which would require a referendum by 2017?

“Will he enthusiastically encourage members on both sides of the House to vote for it when it is debated on 5 July?”

In his reply, David Cameron said: “I certainly welcome the private Member’s Bill introduced by my hon. Friend the Member for Stockton South (James Wharton). I think that it is absolutely right to hold that in/out referendum before the end of 2017.

“The interesting thing about today’s newspapers is that we read that half the members of the shadow Cabinet now want a referendum too. Hands up, who wants a referendum? Come on, don’t be shy - why do you not want to let the people choose?

“Ah, the people’s party does not trust the people.”

FULL TEXT:

Mrs Eleanor Laing (Epping Forest) (Con): The people of Epping Forest want to have a referendum on our relationship with the European Union. Does my right hon. Friend welcome the private Member’s Bill introduced by our hon. Friend the Member for Stockton South (James Wharton), which would require a referendum by 2017? Will he enthusiastically encourage members on both sides of the House to vote for it when it is debated on 5 July?

The Prime Minister: I certainly welcome the private Member’s Bill introduced by my hon. Friend the Member for Stockton South (James Wharton). I think that it is absolutely right to hold that in/out referendum before the end of 2017. The interesting thing about today’s newspapers is that we read that half the members of the shadow Cabinet now want a referendum too. Hands up, who wants a referendum? Come on, don’t be shy—why do you not want to let the people choose? Ah, the people’s party does not trust the people.

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