Sunday 1st July 2012 | 13:46
Eurosceptic Euro-MP welcomes Prime Minister's EU Referendum vote call as 'huge step forward'
Conservative press release
One of the Conservatives most Euro-sceptic politicians has welcomed the increasing possibility of a national referendum to determine Britains future relationship with the EU.
The response came to an announcement by the Prime Minister, that he is prepared to consider giving the public a referendum on Britains relationship with Europe.
Euro-MP David Campbell Bannerman, who defected to the Conservatives from UKIP last year said: This is a huge step forward for the country in terms of giving the electorate the say they deserve in Britains future relationship with the EU.
The very reason I re-joined the Conservatives from UKIP was because I could see that the Conservative view on Europe was becoming more sceptical and in line with my own perspective, and although there was not a commitment to hold a referendum when I re-joined, I always felt one would be offered by the party. I commend the Prime Minister for listening to the people, and for his strong stance.
"The Prime Minister is also right not to have a Referendum now. So much is changing in the EU and with the Eurozone, even daily, that we need the dust to settle first. I also believe this decision is so important we need 2 years or more of informed debate beforehand."
David Cameron made the announcement in an interview with a national newspaper, published on Sunday. Later in the day Foreign Secretary William Hague confirmed the partys view, stating there was "a very powerful case" for a referendum if other member states agreed a closer union following the eurozone crisis.
Mr Campbell Bannerman, whose 'Positive Vision' study of how and why the UK should leave the EU has received national acclaim, added: I rejoined the Conservative party from UKIP because I knew that doing so was the only realistic way of helping to achieve a public vote on our EU membership.
I knew it was the right thing to do at the time, despite the difficulties, and I am delighted that todays announcement resoundly proves that.