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Cameron rules out second referendum on EU membership

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Updated: 00:00 GMT, Jan 1, 1970 | Published: 05:33 GMT, Feb 23, 2016 |
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Prime Minister David Cameron said on Monday (February 22) there would be no second referendum on whether Britain should leave the European Union, knocking down suggestions that there could be a ‘no’ in the June vote to try to get better membership terms.

Cameron was briefing lawmakers in the House of Commons on last week’s reform deal he struck with other European leaders in Brussels. He officially informed the house on the decision to hold an in-out referendum on June 23.

“This is a vital decision for the future of our country and I believe we should also be clear that it is a final decision. An idea has been put forward that if the country votes to leave we could have a second renegotiation and perhaps another referendum. I won’t dwell on the irony that some people who want to vote to leave, apparently want to use a leave vote to remain,” Cameron said to loud cheers and jeers.

“Sadly I have known a number of couples who have begun divorce proceedings but I do not know any who have begun divorce proceedings in order to renew their marriage vows,” he said, referring to the possibility of a second vote.

Earlier, London Mayor Boris Johnson said he would support the ‘out’ campaign, increasing the chance of a British exit, or Brexit. But he seemed to suggest that a no vote could get a better deal by saying “they (the EU) only really listen to a population when it says No”.

In an apparent attack on Johnson, who is widely seen as coming out against Cameron to further his own career, Cameron said: “I am not standing for re-election, I have no other agenda…I have no other agenda than what is best for our countrymen.”