UK Prime Minister David Cameron has announced that Britain will be voting on whether to stay in the EU or not on Thursday, June 23.
The date for the much awaited and debated referendum was announced by the PM in a historical statement from Downing Street on Saturday, February 20, after briefing the cabinet on a reform deal reached with EU leaders the day before in Brussels following two intense days of talks.
Cameron informed the cabinet ministers that he will be recommending remaining within a reformed European Union, and received backing from Home Secretary Theresa May, Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin and Minister for Small Businesses Anna Soubry.
Yet others including Justice Secretary Michael Gove, Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith and Leader of the House Chris Grayling are believed likely to join a campaign to leave the union.
While Chancellor George Osborne stated that the deal, which includes agreements on welfare payments to migrants, Britain’s right to opt out of the eurozone and a promise that the UK would have more control over laws drawn up in Brussels, would make Britain “stronger, safer and better off in the EU” and said the alternative would be a “big leap in the dark”, Labour Jeremy Corbyn has dismissed the deal as a “missed opportunity” and claims the changes included in the deal are “largely irrelevant to the problems most British people face.”
Now the referendum campaign groups, one for in and one for out, will be designated by the Electoral Commission. Both groups will be given a £600,000 grant, campaign broadcasts, free mailshots and a spending limit of £7m.