European Union vote pressure heaped on Prime Minister
LABOUR and the Liberal Democrats turned up the heat on David Cameron tonight as he struggled to stop his party tearing itself apart over Europe.
With just over a week until the Prime Minister's crunch speech on Britain and the EU, Ed Miliband insisted it would be "wrong" to promise a referendum, and accused Mr Cameron of "sleepwalking us towards the exit door".
Meanwhile, Lib Dem Cabinet minister Danny Alexander warned that the consequences of leaving the grouping were so drastic that no responsible politician would contemplate it.
The interventions came as Tory Europhiles launched a fightback against demands for an in-out referendum.
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Cabinet minister Ken Clarke is to share a platform with Labour peer Lord Mandelson later this month to stress the benefits of remaining in the union.
The pair are launching a new cross-party organisation, the Centre for British Influence through Europe (CBIE), to make the "patriotic" case for British engagement. Around 20 Tory MPs have also apparently signed a letter, due to be published this week, warning of "massive damage" if the UK leaves the EU. Rumours are swirling that Downing Street has given tacit approval to efforts to highlight the dangers of an exit.
In an unusual intervention last week, senior US diplomat Philip Gordon openly stated that America wanted Britain to remain in the EU. Prominent business figures including Sir Richard Branson and PR guru Roland Rudd have also spoken out about the potentially dire consequences of severing ties.