Cross-party campaign calling for Britain to leave EU launches

'Vote Leave' - a new cross-party campaign calling for Britain to leave the European Union in the forthcoming referendum - has been launched.

It wants to be the official voice of the "No" campaign.

Here's all you need to know about the campaign, who's funding it and its key aims.

  • Who's funding the campaign?

Millionaire donors from across the political spectrum.

Here are the key players:

John Mills, mail-order millionaire and Labour donor

John Mills. Credit: PA Wire

Peter Cruddas, a former Tory treasurer and banker

Peter Cruddas. Credit: REX

Stuart Wheeler, a ex-Tory donor turned Ukip treasurer

Stuart Wheeler. Credit: PA Wire
  • What other significant figures are backing the campaign?

Owen Paterson is among those backing the campaign. Credit: PA Wire

A host of names from the Conservatives, Labour and Ukip as well as prominent business figures:

  • Owen Paterson, former environment secretary

  • Douglas Carswell, Ukip MP

  • Kate Hoey, Labour MP

  • Baroness Jenny Jones, Green Party peer

  • Lord Kalms, former chairman of Dixons

  • Luke Johnson, ex-chairman of Channel 4

  • Frederick Forsyth, author

  • Lord Trimble, Nobel Peace Prize winner

  • Andrew Roberts, historian

Douglas Carswell, Ukip's only MP, said 'Vote Leave' is an “incredibly exciting” coalition.

The party's leader Nigel Farage is a member of another group Leave.EU and Mr Carswell denied suggestions of a split, adding that the new group "would love to have Nigel Farage onboard".

The campaign is also being supported by campaign groups Business for Britain, Labour Leave and Conservatives for Britain (CfB).

It will seek designation from the Electoral Commission as the official voice of the "Out" campaign instead of the Ukip-backed campaign group Leave.EU.

  • Why do they want the UK to exit the EU?

They basically think the EU has too much control over Britain on things like trade, tax, economic regulation and energy.

Here is Kate Hoey, the co-chairman of the Labour Leave campaign and backer of Vote Leave, arguing for why she thinks Britain is better off leaving.

  • When is this referendum?

Prime Minister David Cameron. Credit: PA Wire

David Cameron has promised to hold the referendum by the end of 2017.

But there have been suggestions that it could be held as early as next year.

The prime minister has said he wants to renegotiate Britain's relationship with the EU before putting the new arrangement to the public.

  • What will the question be?

British, Irish and Commonwealth citizens - who over the age of 18 and are living in the UK or have been residing overseas for under 15 years - are likely to be asked:

The ballot paper for the EU referendum with the new recommended question. Credit: Electoral Commission