DAVID CAMERON has promised he will quit as Prime Minister if he is unable to deliver a referendum on membership of Europe in 2017.
In an interview with the BBC’s Andrew Marr yesterday, Cameron said he would not lead a minority government in the Commons after the 2015 election if he could not guarantee a vote on EU membership. The pledge means Cameron cannot continue in his job without a vote.
“People should be in no doubt that I will not become Prime Minister unless I can guarantee that we can hold that referendum,” Cameron said, adding that he wants to see Britain opt out of the promise of further integration across the EU.
The Prime Minister also said he would like to see longer periods of time before migrants are able to claim benefits in the UK, currently three months.
“I’ve argued very clearly that we need longer transitional controls and possibly transitional controls agreed on a totally different basis,” he added.
The Conservatives are facing the prospect of being beaten into third place in the EU elections later this month, as the popularity of Nigel Farage and Ukip surges.