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Cable: EU vote bill 'damaging'

The Lib Dem Business Secretary Vince Cable has criticised Tory backbenchers' moves for an EU referendum Bill, as "just reopening a Pandora's box which potentially is not only damaging to them as a party, but it is damaging to the country."

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Labour: EU Bill shows Cameron has lost control of party

Labour Shadow Foreign Secretary Douglas Alexander had this response to the Prime Minister's decision to publish a Bill for an EU referendum:

This seems to be just the latest panicked response from the Prime Minister who is now following, rather than leading his backbenchers.

David Cameron is a Prime Minister who has both lost control of the agenda and lost control of his Party.

Labour have said that we don't think committing now to an in/out referendum up to four years from now is in the national interest because the priority must be getting growth into the economy not getting Britain out of Europe.

This latest step has more to do with trying to get his Party back in line rather than getting the economy back on track.

– douglas alexander, shadow foreign secretary

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