Today, public disillusionment with the EU is at an all time high.
There are several reasons for this. People feel that the EU is heading in a direction that they never signed up to.
The result is that democratic consent for the EU in Britain is now wafer thin.
– Prime Minister David Cameron
Simply asking the British people to carry on accepting a European settlement over which they have had little choice is a path to ensuring that when the question is finally put – and at some stage it will have to be – it is much more likely that the British people will reject the EU.
That is why I am in favour of a referendum. I believe in confronting this issue - shaping it, leading the debate not simply hoping a difficult situation will go away.