Eurosceptic hopes of legislation in this Parliament to force a referendum on Britain's EU membership were boosted today after the ballot for Private Members' Bills was won by a Tory MP who voted for last night's rebel amendment.
Stockton South MP James Wharton, who today came top of the Private Member’s Bill ballot has announced that he will be taking forward a Bill to legislate for a referendum on the UK’s membership of the European Union.
The Conservative Party has committed to holding a referendum by the end of 2017 and I believe Parliament should be given a chance to show its support for the Prime Minister’s position and enshrine this commitment in law.
I will be bringing forward a Bill to give people a say on our membership and hope that MPs from across the political divide will support me.
Like many people I am not old enough to have had a say when the original 1975 referendum took place. I think it is time for people to have their say again and I am delighted to get the opportunity to bring forward this important Bill.