Eurosceptic Conservative backbencher Peter Bone has welcomed Liam Fox's comments, which he said showed the process of obtaining a referendum on the EU was "gaining momentum at enormous speed"
Mr Bone told Sky News:
– Conservative MP Peter Bone
I think people are coming round to the idea that we should have a referendum in the next parliament, but we should legislate now, in this parliament, for that referendum, so that no party leader could wriggle out of it.
A lot of people think that the next government should renegotiate the terms with Brussels so we just have an economic relationship, and then put that to the British people - either we accept the new terms or we leave.
I think that's what many, many Conservatives now think should be done and what we would like the Prime Minister to say very clearly.