PRIME Minister David Cameron came under attack from all sides yesterday over his apparent dithering about Britain’s future in the European Union.
On Friday he appeared to have ruled out a referendum on the subject but said during the weekend that the words “Europe” and “referendum” could go together.
Yesterday he told parliament: “Just as I believe that it would be wrong to have an immediate in-out referendum, so it would be also be wrong to rule out any type of referendum for the future.
“Far from ruling out a referendum for the future, as a fresh deal in Europe becomes clear, we should consider how best to get the fresh consent of the British people.”
Cameron faced heckling from Labour leader Ed Miliband, who said: “Three days, three positions, first it was no, then it was yes, then it was maybe.”
But Cameron also faces a groundswell of dissent from fellow Tories – with more than 100 signing a letter calling for legislation for a referendum after the planned 2015 polls.
Meanwhile Liberal Democrat Vince Cable derided the whole debate as “horribly irrelevant”.