UK Prime Minister David Cameron has made a keynote speech regarding Britain and its membership of the European Union. He has laid out plans for an 'in-out' EU referendum.
In 2015 the people of the UK will go to the polls to elect the next government. The 2010 election resulted in a coalition government. Political parties in the UK are now on the election campaign trail attempting to secure a majority in 2015.
Since the last election British politics has experienced a rise in anti-European feeling in the UK. This has led to an increase in the popularity of political parties such as UKIP and even extreme politics, such as the English Defence League.. Both of these political parties are anti-European.
UKIP now includes politicians that defected from the Tories. The party is one of many potential threats to Conservative election success in 2015. As austerity measures bite in the UK the EU is often viewed as being at the heart British economic problems.
Today David Cameron has delivered his long awaited speech regarding a future referendum, on whether or not the UK should remain a member of the European Union. The speech was delayed following events in Algeria last week. Originally scheduled for Friday, in the Netherlands, the hostage crisis led to a postponement.
An important speech for British citizens, and Europe, the Telegraph followed events as they happened.
The PM promised that a straightforward in or out referendum on the EU would be held following the 2015 election, assuming that they did not lose that election. He confirmed that a 'No' vote could result in the UK leaving the EU as early as the end of 2017.
Hailed as one of Cameron's defining speeches he said, "It is time for the British people to have their say. It is time to settle this European question in British politics." The 2015 Tory election manifesto will include a pledge to renegotiate Britain's membership terms. The referendum will follow these negotiations and people will vote in-out after the new terms are announced. If re-negotiations fail will the referendum take place?
Cameron insisted that he is a supporter of the EU and that he will be fighting for a 'Yes' vote in the referendum. "I never want us to pull up the drawbridge and retreat from the world. I am not a British isolationist but I do want a better deal for Britain," he said, according to SkyNews.
Keynotes from the speech can be found here.