A leading Conservative backbench MP has said he will try to force the government to hold an early vote on whether Britain should leave the EU.Actually, oddly enough I'm pretty sure we will be offered a referendum, however, I suspect it will be couched in such terms to either confuse or confound those who want to leave. It would also be on top of a massive EUphile bribes and media campaign to convince us to stay.
Adam Afriyie said voters were "not convinced" by the prime minister's promise to put the issue to an "in or out" referendum in 2017 - after the next general election.
Writing in the Mail on Sunday, he said he would push for a vote next October.
Mr Afriyie - who has denied newspaper claims he is being groomed to replace party leader David Cameron - said he would table an amendment to the European Union (Referendum) Bill on Monday.
"Only by setting an early date can we kick-start EU renegotiation talks and give the British people what they so clearly want - a say on our country's future with Europe," he wrote.
"The fact is, the British people are not convinced there will be a referendum at all if we wait until after the next general election. So many things can change.
Cameron's reaction was typical, if the motion was tabled he threatened
What's really needed is simply a Parliamentary decision via a free vote to leave and use the corresponding section in the Lisbon Treaty to do so... that would be the treaty we were promised a referendum on by Cameron, but later refused as Gordon brown snuck in the back entrance to sign it. However as it is we'll get the usual squeals from the EUphiles about it being 'economic suicide' (it isn't) How much the EU does for us (well that's true they've certainly 'done' for us in the past) whilst not being able to give any real hard examples. Plus we'll get the usual Barroso/Rumpy Pumpy pronouncements driving a bigger wedge between what the politicians want and what the public actually want which is a free trade zone vs closer political union.
The biggest danger of demanding a referendum is that we'll get one. The biggest problem after that is that we know if we get one then the fix is in.