Conservative contender would welcome early EU referendum

Matt Warman. (Photo: Daily Telegraph)
Matt Warman. (Photo: Daily Telegraph)

The Conservative contender to be Boston’s next MP says he would welcome the chance to have an early referendum on Britain’s membership of the EU.

Prime Minister David Cameron told BBC’s Andrew Marr Show at the weekend that he would like to deliver a vote earlier than his promise of 2017, if he wins May’s election.

Boston and Skegness candidate Matt Warman said: “Britain’s relationship with Europe is broken – what the country voted for in 1975 was an economic community with obvious benefits, but today we don’t have the controls over immigration, farming, fishing and much more.

“Only the Conservatives have the experience and the credibility to negotiate a viable deal that makes it clear to Germany, France and the rest of the continent that Europe needs Britain to stay on board.

“I welcome David Cameron’s suggestion that we could complete a meaningful renegotiation in time to put it to a referendum of the British people next year. We must wait to see what’s on the table, but our continued membership of the EU is by no means guaranteed.”