Britain anti EU UKIP demands early Brexit vote as poll shows support surging
By Andrew Osborn
LONDON Sun Oct 12, 2014 12:38pm EDT
Nigel Farage, the leader of the United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP) speaks to members of the media in Clacton-on-Sea, eastern England October 10, 2014.
Credit: Reuters/Stefan Wermuth
(Reuters) - Britain's anti-EU UK Independence Party said on Sunday it would use its growing success to try to secure an early referendum on leaving the European Union, after its support hit a record high of 25 percent in an opinion poll.
The poll, published days after UKIP won its first elected seat in Britain's parliament at the expense of Prime Minister David Cameron's Conservative Party, suggested it could pick up more seats than previously thought in a national election in May.
UKIP favors a British exit from the European Union, known as a 'Brexit', and tighter immigration controls. It has shaken up the British political landscape, challenging its traditional two-party system and piling pressure on Cameron to tack further to the right.
UKIP leader Nigel Farage said he would demand that Cameron bring forward a planned referendum on EU membership from 2017 to next year if UKIP polled strongly and the prime minister needed its support to stay in office.
"I'm not prepared to wait for three years. I want us to have a referendum on this great question next year and if UKIP can maintain its momentum and get enough seats in Westminster we might just be able to achieve that," Farage told the BBC.
UKIP's rise threatens Cameron's re-election drive by splitting the right-wing vote, increases the likelihood of another coalition government, and poses a challenge to the left-leaning opposition Labour party in northern England too.
It also adds to pressure on Cameron from within parts of his own party to become more Eurosceptic.
Despite anything that David Cameron tries to keep Britain in the EU they will leave. The fact is Britain will leave the European Union according to Bible Prophecy. The Bible has long said (2,500 yrs ago to be exact) that Britain will not be a part of the European Union when Russia and the EU invade the Middle East.