PM threatens to force through EU referendum plan

David Cameron has threatened to use the Parliament Act to force through plans for an in-out referendum on European Union membership after legislation was effectively killed by peers.

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Failed EU bill was 'Valium for Tory Eurosceptics'

The failed EU referendum bill was a "bit of Valium designed to calm down" Eurosceptic Conservatives, a Labour peer has claimed.

Lord Lipsey said Labour had "choked up the Valium today" and David Cameron would have to think of something better to reconcile the pro and anti-European elements within the Conservatives.

The Labour peer added that the failed bill was a "complete mess" and could not become law unless it was changed to give the "British people a proper referendum at the right time".

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