European Union

U.K. Conservative Lawmakers Want EU Referendum

The European Union isn't so popular, anymore


Half of all Conservative backbenchers have voted to criticise David Cameron's Queen's Speech for failing to propose a law on a European Union referendum.

In a symbolic expression of deep unease with the Coalition's European policy, around 114 Conservative MPs, including ministerial aides, backed an amendment regretting the omission of a referendum law.

Conservative support for the motion was bigger than expected and equal to more than a third of all the party's MPs.

Labour and the Liberal Democrats opposed the referendum call, and the amendment was defeated by 272 votes to 130