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Farage: Labour 'dragged unwillingly' to EU vote U-turn

Ukip leader Nigel Farage has said that the Labour Party has been Labour "dragged unwillingly" to in to a U-turn over an EU referendum.

Farage: Labour 'dragged unwillingly' to EU vote. Credit: Farage: Labour 'dragged unwillingly' to EU vote.

Mr Farage said: "The Labour Party has been dragged, unwillingly, to accept the inevitable that there will be an in/out EU referendum in the next two years. But Harman and Benn's position shows quite how little they have learned from their defeat and how much more they have to learn about the European Union debate in the UK.

. "They grudgingly accept that it is the will of the British people to have a say on their future, but they make it clear that they will campaign for in, whatever the result of Mr Cameron's negotiations."


Harman: EU referendum is a 'huge question' for Britain

Acting Labour leader has outlined her argument explaining why her party would now back an EU in out referendum.

Harman: EU referendum is a 'huge question' for Britain. Credit: PA

Harriet Harman, speaking on the Andrew Marr show, said: "There is a huge question. Is our future as 60 million people outside of Europe on our own, or are we going to be one of those big building blocks."

It is not inconsistent to say that we recognise that our future is better in Europe than outside of Europe but we want to see Europe change, not only for this country, but because all around Europe they have got to address the question of people feeling like Europe is too centralised, insufficiently accountable and insufficiently in touch.

– Acting Labour leader Harriet Harman

"We would be on our own. If we were outside of Europe we would be a small country, outside those big continental building blocks around the globe," Ms Harman added, pointing out that "timing"was key, and the vote must not be at the same time as other important elections.

Leslie questions 'secrecy' of BoE's EU exit assessment

Shadow chancellor Chris Leslie has raised questions over the 'secrecy' and 'concealment' surrounding the Bank of England's project looking at the economic risk to Britain if the country votes to leave the European Union

Chris Leslie accused the Conservatives of favouring the rich Credit: Yui Mok/PA

Speaking on BBC Radio 4's Today programme Leslie said: "It's a very momentous decision that the country is facing, it's incredibly important for our place in the world and we have got to have the full information and analysis so that the British people can reach an informed decision.

"I don't think it's unreasonable to have an assessment of the consequences for jobs, trade and living standards, but why on earth so much secrecy and concealment?"


PM: We can transform relationship with EU for the better

David Cameron has given a press conference after meeting with European leaders at a summit in the Latvian capital Riga.

The prime minister said he discussed proposals for EU reform which he said were necessary to "address the concerns of the British people".

"I believe we can find a way through all of these problems. I believe we can transform our relationship with Europe for the better and that is what I've now embarked upon", he added.

He confirmed that he would be meeting with French President Francois Hollande and German Chancellor Angela Merkel next week as well as the President of the European Commission and other leaders to discuss his proposals further.

"By working together in the right spirit and sticking at it, I believe we can reform the EU and our relationship with it and then the British people will have the final say in an in/out referendum.

"I want to give them a proper choice, staying in a reformed European Union or leaving...and that's why these talks are so important".

EU chief to visit UK for reform talks on Monday

The President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker will visit Britain on Monday for talks with David Cameron on European Union reform, a UK official said during an EU summit in Latvia.

The prime minister has vowed to negotiate a change in the terms of Britain's membership of the union.

David Cameron speaks to European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker in Latvia Credit: Reuters

EU and Ukraine sign 1.8bn euro loan deal

The European Union and Ukraine have signed a 1.8 billion euro loan deal in an effort to help revive the country's economy.

EU and Ukrainian officials signed the agreement at the European Partnership Summit in Riga, Latvia. Credit: APTN

It requires Ukraine to adopt a series of reforms including anti-corruption measures to remedy structural problems in its economy.

In the first quarter of 2015, Ukraine's economy contracted by nearly 18 percent from the previous year as the country struggled with the impact of unrest in the industrial heartland of the east.

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