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The Economist - United Kingdom | Thursday, March 13, 2014

Britain needs the EU referendum

The head of the opposition Labour Party, Ed Miliband, announced on Wednesday that he would only seek a referendum on Britain exiting the EU if further competences are transferred from London to Brussels. But sooner or later the question must be answered, the liberal business magazine The Economist writes: "In another way, though, Mr Miliband's call is the wrong one. Britons ought to be given a say on their membership of the EU. Mr Cameron was wrong to promise a referendum in 2017, because the chances are that the mess caused by the euro crisis will not be cleared up by then, and Britons will still not know what sort of club they are voting to stay in or leave.... Still, once things have settled down Britain needs to decide whether it is in or out. Until it does, the issue will continue to plague the country's politics."

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