JUNE 23 — Prime Minister David Cameron has said that the United Kingdom will vote on whether to remain in the EU on Thursday, June 23.
The prime minister made his historic announcement in Downing Street after briefing the cabinet.
He said he would be campaigning to remain in a reformed EU – and described the vote as one of the biggest decisions “in our lifetimes”.
Ministers immediately divided up into the leave and remain camps as the campaigns got under way in earnest.
Home Secretary Theresa May heads the list of those who announced they will campaign to stay – but Justice Secretary Michael Gove has signed up to the leave campaign.
London Mayor Boris Johnson, who was not at the cabinet meeting, has yet to declare where he stands.
The referendum announcement comes after a reformed deal renegotiating Britain’s relationship with Europe was finalised on Friday, February 19, night after intense wrangling at a two-day summit in Brussels.
In his statement, Mr Cameron warned that leaving the EU would be a “leap in the dark” as he urged voters to back his reform deal.
“The choice is in your hands – but my recommendation is clear. I believe that Britain will be safer, stronger and better off by remaining in a reformed European Union.”
Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said in a statement the SNP will be “leading the positive case to keep Scotland in the EU”.
— With BBC report