When will we get a referendum on EU membership

English: DAVOS/SWITZERLAND, 29JAN10 - David Ca...

English: DAVOS/SWITZERLAND, 29JAN10 – David Cameron, Leader of the Conservative Party, United Kingdom, speaks during the session ‘Rethinking Government Assistance’ in the Congress Centre of the Annual Meeting 2010 of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, January 29, 2010. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

UK Independence Party

UK Independence Party (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

David Cameron has given his clearest hint yet that he will back a referendum on Britain’s relationship with the EU if the Tories win the next election.

He said there will be opportunities for the British people to give “fresh consent” to the UK’s EU membership.

Closer economic ties between eurozone countries “will give us opportunities for changing our relationship with Europe“, he said.

However, he added he thought it was not in Britain’s interest to leave the EU.

The prime minister has faced calls to back an in/out referendum from his own MPs, 81 of whom rebelled against the party line last year to vote for a referendum.

Some Conservative MPs fear the UK Independence Party – which has long campaigned for the UK to leave the EU and for the public to have their say in a referendum – could lose the party seats at the next general election if Mr Cameron does not take a more Eurosceptic stance.

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