Historic EU Referendum Bill passes second reading

James Wharton’s Private Member’s Bill, which would enshrine in law a referendum on Britain’s membership of the EU in 2017, has passed its second reading in the House of Commons by 304 votes to 0.

I was very pleased to be able to vote in favour of a referendum today. So many years have passed since the British people were given the chance to have their say on Britain’s membership of the EU. It is vital, following the completion of the renegotiation of our membership, that Great Yarmouth residents and those across the UK have the opportunity to say whether we stay in or leave.

The Labour Party, who abstained from the vote today, have turned up their noses at the British public and their wish to have their say on the EU. By abstaining today, Labour MPs have said that they know better than the thousands of people who want a referendum. It is precisely this sort of arrogance that saw British sovereignty eroded year after year under the last government. I would encourage all those who want a referendum to sign up at www.LetBritainDecide.com and send a message to Labour.