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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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PM: I always intended to publish EU referendum bill

David Cameron has told ITV News he had always intended to publish a draft bill on the EU referendum.

The Prime Minister talking to Political Editor Tom Bradby. Credit: ITV News

He told Political Editor Tom Bradby in Boston: "In an interview a few weeks ago, I said I was interested in doing anything and everything to strengthen and give extra credibility to the pledge of a referendum in the next Parliament before 2017.

"Obviously, publishing a Bill, which we can show to the British people, we can show to parliament and campaign for, is a very sensible way of adding strength to the pledge that I have made...I have intended to publish this Bill all along.

"People need to know this is a serious pledge that they can bank. So seeing a Bill, a Bill that will put in place that referendum is part of adding to the strength of this pledge."

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