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Farage: EU referendum key to possible pact with Tories

Ukip leader Nigel Farage has outlined his terms for propping up a Conservative government. Credit: Chris Radburn/PA Wire

Ukip's leader Nigel Farage has outlined his terms of a potential deal to prop up a Conservative government, declaring an EU referendum would have to be held this year.

Mr Farage issued David Cameron with a four-point ultimatum on Britain's position in Europe in an extract of his memoirs 'The Purple Revolution' published by the Sunday Telegraph.

He suggested a vote would only take a "few weeks" to organise even though the wording of the question "matters hugely", and added that he would bar EU citizens who do not hold a British passport from taking part which would include his German wife Kirsten.

Mr Farage said: "I would look to do a deal where we would back key votes for them - such as the Budget - but in return for very specific criteria on an EU referendum.

"The terms of my deal with the Tories would be very precise and simple. I want a full and fair referendum to be held in 2015 to allow Britons to vote on being in or out of the European Union. There would be no wiggle room for 'renegotiation' somewhere down the line".