UK Prime Minister David Cameron has said he will quit if he cannot guarantee a referendum on EU membership in the next Parliament.
Cameron told supporters that his party’s pledge to give British people a vote on the EU in 2017 would be a red line in any coalition negotiations.
The PM has said that the vote is non-negotiable and would not be surrendered in the event of another coalition government.
The PM, who has long promised that he will renegotiate Britain’s relationship with Europe, told supporters during a conference: “This is not something I would ever barter away or give away.”
Mr Cameron told supporters that he wants to make it very clear that: “I would not be Prime Minister of a Government unless we could carry out our pledge of an in-out referendum.
“I’ve already pre-empted that question, what happens if somehow you don’t win the election outright.
“I’ve been very clear: I would not continue as Prime Minister unless I be absolutely guaranteed this referendum will go ahead on an in-out basis.”
The claim comes amid comments made by UKIP’s Nigel Farage – who is experiencing a massive surge in the polls ahead of European elections – that Cameron has no intention of keeping the promise.
The Prime Minister has long talked about reforming several parts of the UK’s relationship with the EU, including migration and business laws.