David Cameron has said he would not serve as prime minister after the 2015 general election if he could not deliver a referendum on Europe.Nice to see that the BBC are prepared to give the game away on Labour and the Lib Dems desire to give Brussels even more powers, I guess they figure it will leave them more time to enrich themselves at our expense or cover up their perverted crimes, not that the Tories are saints themselves.
The prime minister said he would not "barter or give away" his pledge to hold a vote on EU membership in 2017.
He made the "really clear promise" in a phone call with Tory activists ahead of next month's European elections.
Labour and the Liberal Democrats have said they oppose a referendum unless more powers are transferred to Europe.
The Conservatives' commitment to hold a referendum on Europe is likely to be a "red line" in any negotiations with other parties about a potential coalition should next year's election not produce an outright winner and there is another Hung Parliament.
The problem is, I don't believe Cameron can deliver such a promise, I rather suspect he's not going to be in power after 2015 anyway and so this is just words to firm up support in the mildly EUskeptic ranks of the Tories so they don't stick the knife in early. Nor do I believe he can legislate for a referendum in advance as the next Parliament can't be bound by the decisions of the previous one.
I simply can't, considering Cameron's previous record, see how he'll convince anyone of his desire to have a referendum after the next election, his past record isn't impressive and the suspicion remains that he'll renege if the results in poll's suggest that he might lose.
The only way we'll ever get a referendum is if the government thinks it will win, it's as simple as that and that's why Cameron for the minute is offering one.