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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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Lib Dems will campaign to stay in EU

Chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA wire

The Chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander has told the commons that the Liberal Democrats will "use all their influence" to ensure that Britain remains part of the European Union.

"The position of this Government was made very clear in the Coalition Agreement and confirmed again in the Mid-Term Review document published at the beginning of this year, which is that we wish to maintain British membership of the European Union" Mr Alexander said.

"During this parliament we will exercise our influence to the utmost to win the arguments in Britain's national interest in favour of jobs, investment and growth in this country."

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