EU referendum: Tory MPs to force vote

A group of Conservative MPs will attempt to force a Commons vote over a referendum on the UK's European Union membership next week.

David Cameron is under pressure to a hold 'mandate referendum'. Credit: PA

The MPs are seeking to engineer a vote on an EU referendum by tabling an amendment to the Queen's speech.

Prime Minister David Cameron earlier defended his approach of seeking fundamental reform and holding a referendum on membership before the end of 2017.