Cameron to face MPs on EU referendum

Updated: 00:00 GMT, Jan 1, 1970 | Published: 08:23 GMT, Feb 22, 2016 |

David Cameron will face MPs later as he presents his case for the UK remaining within a reformed European Union.

The prime minister will outline details of last week’s deal with EU leaders, which paved the way for him to call a referendum on EU membership on 23 June.

He says the deal strengthens British sovereignty and the UK will be “safer and stronger” remaining in the EU.

But London mayor Boris Johnson says he will campaign to leave – arguing it is a chance “to vote for real change”.

His intervention is being seen as a significant blow to Mr Cameron’s campaign to remain in the EU.

Mr Johnson, who is also Conservative MP for Uxbridge and South Ruislip, said the referendum was a “once-in-a-lifetime chance” for voters.

In a 2,000-word column for the Daily Telegraph, Mr Johnson said staying inside the union would lead to “an erosion of democracy”.