Yesterday’s debate in the House of Commons about Cameron’s European speech shows that both sides are united on their position over Europe and solely wish to use it as a stick to beat each other.

Nigel Farage MEP, the UKIP leader said:

Neither the Tories nor Labour are offering an In/Out referendum. Labour has  almost resolutely stated that they oppose an In/Out referendum, while maintaining the obligatory "never say never clause" and are suggesting it was down to timing as to why they oppose a debate on UK membership now. Meanwhile the Tories have "promised" a referendum based on conditions they know they will be categorically unable to meet”.

It was like watching two bald men fight over a comb”.

Farage went on, “The real question is whether that promise of a referendum would be enshrined in law, so whichever party is in power post 2015, the opportunity for British voters to have their say would still stand”.

The formerly trenchant William Hague was vague on this issue, blaming the fact that it was not part of the coalition deal and saying it was only something a majority Conservative Government would offer. It is clear that the Tory Party are using this hollow promise as a means to buy votes. But it hasn't worked”.

UKIP-Nigel Farage

UKIP-Nigel Farage

Shadow Foreign Secretary Douglas Alexander said, the Conservatives were putting forward a "glorified handling strategy" to fend off the threat from UKIP, which is obvious as it is futile”.

What Cameron has done, however, is to forge an open platform to finally debate EU membership candidly, paving the way for UKIP to seize the "No" campaign still favoured by a majority of society”.

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