Ian Austin MP

Labour MP for Dudley North

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Austin calls for immediate EU referendum

Dudley MP Ian Austin called on the Prime Minister to hold a referendum on Britain’s EU membership before 2015.

Speaking in the House of Commons yesterday following the Queen’s Speech, Austin criticised Government plans to wait three years before holding a referendum in 2017 and said that British people should be trusted to have a say on the issue much sooner before the next election.

Austin spoke up after conducting a survey in Dudley in which seven out of ten residents called for an immediate referendum.

Ian Austin said:

“Everyone in Dudley knows that I’ve been calling for an EU referendum for more than a year now, and seven out of ten local people agree with me that we should have a referendum at the earliest opportunity.

“It’s my job to go to London and speak up on their behalf.

“Whether you want to stay in Europe or pull out, we need a proper debate about the decisions that are taken in Brussels or Britain and the jobs that depend on our membership of the EU and we need to make our minds up once and for all.”

Speaking in the debate following the Queen’s Speech, Ian Austin said:

“Returning to the question of Europe, can I ask the Prime Minister why the British people should have to wait three years for this referendum under his policy?

“I accept my views on this are not shared by my party, but let me tell the Prime Minister that people out there are concerned about Europe and don’t trust his promise of a referendum in 2017.

“Let’s trust the people, let’s get on with it. Let’s make this decision more quickly and let’s have the referendum before the next election.”

David Cameron replied:

“Let me answer him very directly, The reason to have the referendum by the end of 2017 is I want to renegotiate Britain’s position in Europe to get us a better deal; so we give people a real choice which is to say do you want to stay in this reformed European union or do you want to leave altogether.”

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