UKIP leader Nigel Farage called on fellow Eurosceptics to “get cracking” yesterday as a major new poll from Survation showed 45 per cent of Britons saying that they planned to vote to stay in the European Union, compared to 37 per cent who said they would vote to leave.
“There is no doubt at all that the Yes side are in the lead,” Farage said yesterday in a speech in Westminster, adding, “We cannot allow Cameron to go into this renegotiation unchallenged, we cannot allow the Yes side to have the massive head start they have got.”
Prime Minister David Cameron has promised an in/out referendum on Britain’s EU membership by the end of 2017, following a period of renegotiation with Brussels. It is widely understood that if the reform talks are successful, Cameron and the government will push for a “Yes” vote for Britain to remain in the EU, while many questions remain who will lead the official No campaign.
Farage ruled himself out yesterday, saying that he hoped a business leader or sports figure would be the face of the campaign, instead, but blamed fellow Eurosceptics for staying quiet, saying they were giving the Yes camp a “massive head start.”