81 Conservative MPs voted for the referendum motion. 9 more abstained, because they disagreed with the government’s stance.
However, some of those who voted “No” to a referendum did not necessarily do so because they endorse the current approach to the EU. My neighbouring MP, the Conservative Dr. Phillip Lee has made an interesting statement this week in a local newspaper. He says his decision to vote “No” “had nothing to do with the Goverment’s whipping operation”. He voted “No” because he feared a three way referendum as proposed could mean “no mandate for withdrawal (from the EU-ed) and a cause in which I believe would have been set back for a generation”. (Wokingham Times 2 November 2011)
I wonder how many others who voted “No” feel like that?