Vote on EU referendum moved

Downing Street yesterday brought forward a House of Commons vote on whether a referendum on Britain’s membership of the EU should be held, as fears grow that some Tory MPs were planning a rebellion in Prime Minister David Cameron’s absence. The debate was originally scheduled for next Thursday, 27 October, but will now take place on Monday. The referendum would ask if the UK should stay in the EU, leave, or renegotiate the terms of its current membership. Both the Prime Minister and William Hague will be in Australia next Thursday, but in the Commons on Monday.