Boris backs earlier EU referendum

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Published: Tuesday 10th February 2015 by The News Editor

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Tory plans for a referendum on Britain’s future in the European Union should be brought forward, Boris Johnson has said.

London’s mayor said an early vote would be positive for the whole of Europe, adding “let’s get it done”.

It comes amid suggestions that David Cameron is considering offering a 2016 in/out poll, one year earlier than planned, under a future Conservative government.

During a G20 finance ministers summit in Turkey, Chancellor George Osborne hinted that the date could be brought forward, confirming that the Prime Minister would be “delighted” if he can complete renegotiation of the UK’s EU membership earlier.

Mr Johnson said: “I very much welcome the idea of bringing forward the renegotiation and the referendum, let’s get it done.

“We should stress that this is something that can be very positive, not just for Britain but for the whole of Europe and indeed for investors in Europe because a reformed Europe will deliver growth and prosperity.

“Get it done, get the change, get it done, put it to the people.”

Published: Tuesday 10th February 2015 by The News Editor

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