EU Referendum Bill: Britons To Say ‘Yes’ Or ‘No’
If the British are willing to stay in the European Union then they have to vote “yes” when the referendum takes place in the next two years, “no” if they are not willing to stay in the EU.
The question in the ballot paper will be, “Should the United Kingdom remain a member of the European Union?”
The proposed question will be published in the EU Referendum Bill in 24 hours.
The commission is worried that few voters knew that Britain was already a member of the EU. It is believed that the question asked will give rise to a huge debate in the parliament.
The Queen will unveil the EU referendum bill in the parliament today. She will speak on behalf of Cameron government, but apart from the bill, other bills likely to be announced by the Queen includes migration, apprenticeships, Scotland, city decentralization, and housing. The EU referendum bill will remain the topmost priority.
Prime Minister David Cameron headed for a two-day visit to European capitals to win support for his EU reform force.
He has promised to redesign Britain’s EU ties, retrieving some powers from Brussels before letting Britons vote on whether to stay or to quit.
Cameron backs reformed EU but said he will rule nothing out if he does not get the change he desires.
“That Cameron is opting to give the pro-EU side the positive ‘Yes’ suggests strongly that his negotiations are so much fudge,” Nigel Farage, the leader of the UK Independence Party, which is anti-EU.
“He has already decided which way he wants the answer to be given, without a single power repatriated.”
A source in Cameron’s office said that the question for staying in the European Union was clear.
“It will be for voters to decide whether to stay or leave,” said the source.
David Cameron will be meeting Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte in The Hague. Afterwards, he will meet French President Francois Hollande in Paris on Thursday before flying to Warsaw and Berlin.