Timeline: Conservatives' turmoil over EU referendum

  • May 2010: Coalition formed including a large number of Eurosceptic Conservative MPs
  • 14 May: Conservatives publish draft bill calling for a referndum to be held before the end of 2017
  • 16 May: 114 Tory MPs rebel by voting in favour of an amendment to the Queen's Speech
  • 5 July: Private members' bill brought by Tory MP James Wharton to get second reading in Commons

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EU vote Bill gets second reading

Tory MP James Wharton's European Union (Referendum) Bill, which would force a public vote by 2017 on whether the United Kingdom should remain within the EU, was unanimously given a second reading in the House of Commons today.