UK David Cameron Will Move EU Referendum Forward if Possible
By Reuters1/4/15 at 10:07 AM
Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron speaks as he stands in front of a new Conservative Party poster, after unveiling it at Dean Clough Mill in Halifax, northern England. Phil Noble/Reuters
Prime Minister David Cameron said on Sunday he would like to bring forward a planned referendum on Britain's membership of the European Union from 2017 if possible.
Under pressure from Eurosceptic members of his own party and the rise in popularity of the anti-EU UK Independence Party (UKIP), Cameron has pledged to renegotiate Britain's ties with the 28-nation bloc and try to claw back powers to London.
He has said he will hold a referendum in 2017 if his Conservatives win a national election on May 7.
"If I think we could do that earlier I would be delighted. The sooner I can deliver on this commitment of a renegotiation and a referendum ... the better," he told the BBC.
Cameron is set to discuss his reform plans, which include restricting EU migrants' access to welfare payments, with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in London on Wednesday. He has said they will require treaty change but Merkel has made clear she will not allow the EU's rules on workers' freedom of movement to be diluted.
UKIP leader Nigel Farage told Sky News that under Cameron's plans the referendum had been "kicked into the long grass" and said his renegotiation looked "highly improbable".
The May election looks set to be one of the most closely fought in modern British history. While the Conservatives are narrowly trailing the opposition Labour party in most opinion polls, many analysts predict neither will win a majority, possibly resulting in another coalition of two or more parties.
Whether in 2017 or earlier Britain will leave the EU. 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.