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article imageCameron optimistic on EU referendum

By Alex Veeneman     May 12, 2014 in World
London - British Prime Minister David Cameron has said he is confident a referendum on the UK's membership in the EU can be conducted in 2017.
Speaking to the BBC's Andrew Marr, Cameron said the referendum will be held by the end of 2017 on an in-out membership of the EU.
Cameron added that he would not become Prime Minister after the general election in 2015 if the referendum could not be guaranteed.
"There's a very good reason for this," Cameron said. "The British public have not had a say since 1975, and yet we've had the Maastricht Treaty, the Lisbon Treaty, the Nice Treaty, the Amsterdam Treaty, you cannot hold people in an organization against their will."
Cameron added that the referendum would be held regardless of his own success of talks of renegotiation with leaders in Brussels. However, he said he hoped he would be successful.
In response to the interview, Michael Dugher, MP and shadow Cabinet Office minister of the opposition Labour Party said the interview showed the Conservatives did not have any answers to the big questions facing the UK.
"Families in Britain are facing a massive cost-of-living crisis, yet all Cameron offers is more reheated and vacuous banging on about Europe," Dugher said according to the BBC report.
Nigel Farage, the leader of the UK Independence Party, in an interview with the BBC program Sunday Politics, said Cameron had issues of being believed on the policy of the relationship with the EU.
Farage said Cameron was "desperately pretending to be a Eurosceptic whilst at the same time saying whatever the results of all this he will campaign for Britain to remain in," according to the BBC interview.
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