Saturday 18 November 2017

Labour won't hold referendum on EU

Ed Miliband described an article on his father as an 'appalling lie'
Ed Miliband described an article on his father as an 'appalling lie'

Andrew Grice

BRITAIN'S Labour Party says it won't match Prime Minister David Cameron's promise of a vote on its European Union membership for now, ending high-level debate over changing its stance to wrong-foot the Conservatives before the election.

The decision leaves Mr Cameron's Conservatives, who trail Labour in the polls, as the only big party currently committed to an in/out vote, provided they are returned to power in 2015. Labour leader Ed Miliband, pictured, who made no mention of Europe in an hour-long speech to his party's conference, has resisted calls from a Labour minority to support an in/out vote. "(We) are very, very committed to the position we have," Labour's Europe spokeswoman Emma Reynolds told a conference meeting about Britain's EU future.

"If we were to change, it would look incredibly cynical at this stage. It would look weak because it would look like we were being pushed into it," she said.

Mr Miliband fired the starting gun for a "cost of living" election in May 2015 yesterday by promising that gas and electricity bills would be frozen for all householders and businesses for 20 months if Labour wins power.

Mr Miliband said an incoming Labour government would rush in emergency legislation imposing a price freeze until January 2017.

Irish Independent

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