Nikki Sinclaire MEP, of the We Demand a Referendum Now Party, has accused the Government of a “Jam tomorrow” attitude when it comes to having a vote on our membership of the European Union.
Her comments are ahead of a vote on an EU referendum bill in Parliament today.
It's "a bill to make provision for the holding of a referendum in the United Kingdom on the United Kingdom's membership of the European Union". The referendum would be held before the end of 2017 and would pose the question: "Do you think that the United Kingdom should be a member of the European Union?"
The Bill does not absolutely guarantee a referendum would take place in the next parliament. It is constitutionally unacceptable to tie the hands of a future Parliament.
The West Midlands MEP said, “When it comes to a referendum on Europe, for David Cameron is a clear case of its always jam tomorrow.
This Bill is posturing from the Conservative party. If they were truly serious about giving the people of this nation a say about whether we are a part of the European Union or not, then they would call for a referendum at the earliest opportunity.
The majority of the people in this country now want a referendum. Business and business leaders are calling for the vote to happen sooner rather than later, as uncertainty continues to hurt their businesses.
Why is the Prime Minister so scared of the people? Let’s have the referendum and have our say once and for all.”
“The Conservatives are quite happy to set up groups to try and fool the British public into thinking that they are serious on a referendum.
The general public will see right through this. This issue is far bigger than party politics.”