Labour donor: We need an in/out EU referendum

One of Labour's biggest donors has challenged Ed Miliband to offer the British people an in/out referendum on EU membership "regardless of future events".

Mr Miliband yesterday pledged to offer a vote if there was any transfer of powers from Westminster to Brussels.

But John Mills, the millionaire founder of JML home shopping, said there was "often disagreement over what constitutes a 'transfer of powers'."

"I want to see a Labour government in 2015 and, as the party that trusts the people, I think we should recognise that the growth of the EU's influence over Britain in the past 40 years warrants a referendum regardless of future events."

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Miliband: EU referendum 'unlikely' if Labour wins election

Labour leader Ed Miliband has effectively ruled out a referendum on Britain's membership of the EU, pledging that he would only hold one in the “unlikely” event that Westminster had to transfer more powers to Brussels.