Ed M to decide on referendum
Pressure is growing on Labour leader Ed Miliband to back a referendum asking Britons whether to remain in or leave the European Union.
But this morning Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls said that while it was important to consult the British people on a referendum, it was not an immediate priority. He told Murnaghan on Sky News: "If you went to my constituency today and said what do you worry about most, they would say why isn't the eurozone sorting things out? I'm worried about jobs and investment in our area from a eurozone crisis. Right now I do think that is the biggest priority."
Asked whether he was not ruling a referendum out, Mr Balls replied: "Well, look, I said what I said last week and I don't think anybody sensible would do that but it's not the issue now."
The Observer reports that senior party figures, including new policy review chief Jon Cruddas, have called for Mr Miliband to make a firm commitment to an in/out referendum before the 2014 European elections.
Speaking to Sky News, Justice Secretary Ken Clarke, a pro-European Conservative, said he thought a referendum would be "irrelevant".
"I can’t think of anything more irrelevant to the present situation actually, nor personally can I think of anything more disastrous than the British leaving the European Union and deciding that now is the moment to take up Splendid Isolation alongside Iceland and others," he told the programme.