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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Commons to vote on EU members' bill

MPs approach the bench during last night's Commons amendment vote. Credit: PA

The Tory leadership will today attempt to push forward plans paving the way for a future in/out EU poll by piggy-backing on backbench legislation.

David Cameron was last night dealt a "devastating blow" when more than 100 Conservative MPs backed a vote criticising the Government's failure to bring forward plans to enshrine an EU referendum in law.

A ballot is being held this morning for Private Member's Bills, which party command will seek to use as a vehicle legally to commit to a poll on Britain's relationship with Brussels.

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