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EU referendum for queen's speech
27 May 2015 08:08
Plans for an in/out referendum on the European Union are expected to be included in the address from Queen Elizabeth II to the British parliament today.
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The speech will set out the plans of the Conservative government for the coming parliamentary term.
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Among the measures to be announced in the speech will be the proposed in/out referendum on European membership.
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The Queen's speech marks the formal opening of the British parliament.
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The speech itself will have been written by the Conservative party setting out the political agenda it intends to follow in the coming term as government.
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It will be the first time in almost 20 years that that speech will have set out the plans of a majority Conservative government.
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That majority - although slim - allows it to enact some of the policies promised in the party's election manifesto.
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Primary among those will be the promised in/out referendum on Europe.
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Prime Minister David Cameron has already begun a charm offensive across Europe as he battles for reform of the EU that would allow him to support the UK staying within the union.
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Those early moves suggest the referendum itself might take place sooner rather than later - possibly by the middle of next year.
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