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MP’s fears for future vote on UK exit from Europe
3:11pm Thursday 17th October 2013 in News
Bury North MP David Nuttall says a plan by a rebel Tory could derail his own proposals to have a vote on Britain’s relationship with the European Union.
Mr Nuttall, who is the chairman of the anti-Europe Better Off Out group of MPs, says a proposal by Adam Afriyie MP to bring a European Union (EU) referendum forward to 2014 could jeopardise commitments by the Prime Minister.
David Cameron has said that a vote on the future of the EU would take place in 2017, if the Conservatives win a majority in Parliament at the next General Election.
Mr Afriyie is aiming to introduce an amendment to a Private Member’s Bill put forward by fellow Tory MP James Wharton.
Mr Nuttall said: “If the Bill is changed and is no longer the Bill the leadership wishes to support, it stands virtually no chance at all of ever reaching the Statute Book. The Bill will find it difficult enough to pass through the House of Lords even with the support of the Conservatives, and without support from the Conservatives in the Lords it is almost certainly doomed to fail.”
Mr Nuttall brought forward a motion in the House of Commons in October, 2011, which called on the Government to introduce a Bill to decide whether Britain should remain a member of the EU, leave the EU or renegotiate the terms of membership.
The plan was defeated in the Commons, however it caused a significant Conservative rebellion, with 81 MPs voting against the Government.
Mr Nuttall says leaving the EU would be beneficial to Britain.
He said: “I am as keen as anyone that the UK should leave the UK and simply have a free trade relationship with our EU partners. Presently in so many cases we have no choice as to whether we accept EU laws or not. the EU simply tells this country what to do.”
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