European Union

Brits Could Get Vote on EU Membership

There are lots of reasons to doubt the relationship

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Voters could be given an opportunity to back or reject plans to renegotiate Britain's relationship with Europe at the next general election, rather than in a separate referendum, William Hague says.

The Foreign Secretary indicates that a so-called "in-out referendum" is likely to be rejected by the Government in favour of an election manifesto pledge to return powers to Britain.

In an interview with The Daily Telegraph, Mr Hague says that consent for a "fresh settlement" with the EU is likely to be in a "general election or referendum".