Britain on Saturday found out the date for the referendum on the country’s withdrawal from the EU: plebiscite will be held on June 23. After reaching agreement with the European Union, Prime Minister David Cameron has gathered an emergency meeting of the Cabinet of Ministers, which promised to announce the date for the referendum on whether Britain stay in the EU. Amid an unprecedented refugee crisis and the high influx of immigrants from other EU countries this became a key issue of European politics.
Following the meeting, Cameron said that the Cabinet had preferred that Britain left the EU, and give an exact date, confirming the assumptions of journalists. “In Parliament I will offer to arrange voting on 23 June,” – said the head of government.
A Cabinet meeting on Saturday, special event for British politics, observers say. The ruling party deal with the EU that gives us leverage on immigration policy and increases the possibilities to influence the European legislation, is considered good. On the way to the meeting, a brief commented interior Minister Theresa may – profile Minister, is also traditionally support a tough stance towards the migrants. “From my point of view for reasons of security, protection against crime and terrorism, trade with Europe and access to markets around the world, in our interest to remain a member of the EU” – quoted by TASS may.
Cameron is a traditional supporter of Britain’s left with the EU. However, on the eve of talks in Brussels, he warned that without change the terms of membership may not agitate compatriots for the idea of a United Europe.
In early February, the EU provided the UK reform project of the EU, which should allow the government Cameron to urge their constituents to vote on a referendum for preservation within a community. In the night of Saturday the agreement was reached.
First it was about four paragraphs: the protection of the single market of the UK and other countries outside the Euro area; creating a more competitive EU; the liberation of the UK from participation in the process of moving toward “ever closer Union”; for blocking arrived EU migrants access to benefits intended for employed persons.
In a later version of the document appears on the “review mechanism under the European laws” and the right of great Britain to “postpone for up to four years connecting newly arrived foreign migrants to the social system of the country.” Then Tusk stressed that the decision on the reform will come into effect only in case of unanimous approval of all the leaders of the EU and if the UK decides to remain in the community.