Yesterday I attended the debate and vote on the EU referendum bill. The bill was the same as the one which we put through the Commons in the previous session, only to see it blocked by the Lords and by Labour and Liberal Democrats who do not n wish the public to have a say on our relationship with the EU.
We are doing it again because this time we can use the Parliament Act to avoid the Lords. That still requires rapid progress to be made with this bill before the end of this Parliament. Labour and Liberal Democrats may still use procedural devices to try and hold it up and block the popular will.
The Conservative party is fully committee to an In/Out referendum, and will give one if elected to government next time with or without the passage of this Bill.