Cameron hints at EU referendum
David Cameron has suggested he is ready to back a referendum on the UK’s relationship with Europe after the next election.
Speaking on a trip to Brazil, the Prime Minister told the BBC Britons would have to give “fresh consent” to the UK’s membership of the European Union as eurozone nations integrate further.
“I don't think it is in Britain's interests to leave the EU but I do think what it is increasingly becoming the time for is a new settlement between Britain and Europe, and I think that new settlement will require fresh consent.
"In the next Parliament, I think there will be opportunities for a fresh settlement and for new consent to that settlement.”
But UKIP leader Nigel Farage has dismissed Mr Cameron's comments as "weasel words", and said his party would continue to attract former Conservative voters until an in-out referendum was offered.
“What Mr Cameron has made clear today is he will not offer us a referendum on our membership of the European Union; what he wants to do is a deal with Europe whereby most of them go ahead to a full political union and we negotiate a deal whereby we stay part of the single market, part of the customs union, we go on paying 50m quid a day to be a member of that, and he will then put it to a plebiscite for us mere mortals.
“And frankly, that simply is not good enough and I don’t think that will stop anybody from switching from the Tory party to UKIP.”
Mr Cameron is expected to outline proposals for a reshaped relationship between the UK and the EU ahead of a Brussels summit in December.