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Cameron pledges EU vote

Cameron pledges EU vote
David Cameron today promised to negotiate a new settlement with Brussels and then stage a straight in-out referendum on British membership if he wins the next election.

In one of the defining speeches of his premiership, the Prime Minister declared: "It is time for the British people to have their say. It is time to settle this European question in British politics."

At Prime Minister’s Questions, Ed Miliband ruled out support for an in-or-out referendum on the terms proposed by Mr Cameron.The Labour added that the Prime Minister had “given in to his party and he can't deliver for Britain”.

Nick Clegg warned years of "grinding uncertainty because of an ill-defined, protracted renegotiation" would hit growth and jobs.

In a boost to Mr Cameron, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said she was prepared to "talk about British wishes" to try and achieve a "fair compromise". But Laurent Fabius, the French foreign minister, added: "Say that Europe is a soccer club. You join this soccer club, but you can't say you want to play rugby."

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