Sleaford MP Stephen Phillips wants new negotiations on Europe
THE MP for Sleaford has urged the Prime Minister to give the British people a say on a renegotiated relationship between the UK and the European Union.
During weekly questions to the Prime Minister, Stephen Phillips said: "My right hon. friend the Prime Minister rightly recognises that there needs to be a new relationship between this country and the European Union. He has said - and I agree - that the British people must be offered a real choice with regard to our continued membership.
"I hope that he can confirm to the house today that it is his intention to seek a fresh settlement with the EU and then to seek the consent of the British people to that settlement."
The Prime Minister replied: "I can confirm that that is exactly what I believe this country should do. It is the right thing for Britain, because it is right that we are involved in the single market and are active players in the EU, but there are changes that we would like in our relationship that would be good for Britain and good for Europe, and because of the changes taking place in the eurozone, which is driving a lot of the change in the European Union, there is every opportunity to achieve that settlement and then seek consent for it."
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Commenting afterwards Mr Phillips said: "It is absolutely clear that there needs to be a referendum on our continued membership of the EU. The Prime Minister has made clear that he wants to see a complete renegotiation which I join many people in welcoming.
"But whether you are the most fervent Europhile or the most ardent Eurosceptic, we can all agree that when we know what is on offer from Europe, we must ask the British people whether they want to stay part of the EU."