Queen declares EU referendum plan to UK parliament

Queen Elizabeth II outlines plan for EU referendum law in speech to UK parliament

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Updated Jul 28, 2015

Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II on Wednesday announced the mainly debated European Union (EU) referendum proposal during her speech regarding Prime Minister David Cameron’s legislative plan for next year.

A list of proposed legislations by Cameron’s Conservative government was read by the Queen at the State Opening of Parliament.

However, the EU referendum has been the most anticipatedand debated legislation since Cameron was re-elected as prime minister on May 7.

The Queen’s speech, which was delivered by the monarch but written by the government, started with her saying “My government will legislate in the interests of everyone and our government.”

“It will adopt a one nation approach, helping working people get on, supporting aspiration, giving new opportunities to the most disadvantaged and bringing different parts of our country together,” she added.

Speaking to the audience of politicians, the 89-year-old royal mentioned that an early legislation will be incorporated for the EU membership referendum before 2017 ends.

“My government will renegotiate the United Kingdom’s relationship with the European Union and pursue reform of the European Union for the benefit of all member states,” said the Queen.

The law is expected to be introduced to the parliament on Thursday, as Cameron plans to start a European tour to discuss further relations and push for EU reforms.

Earlier this week a spokesman for the Cameron cabinet said that, “The prime minister underlined that the British people are not happy with the status quo and believe that the EU needs to change in order to better address their concerns.”

The status quo refers to the current state of affairs, particularly in relation to social or political issues, which Cameron wants to amend before allowing Britons to vote in-out referendum.

The latest surveys in the UK indicate a majority of voters are in favour of staying in the EU, with a recent survey by YouGov showing 45 percent of UK citizens would vote in favour of staying as part of the EU and 36 percent would vote to leave it.  

However, the results of such surveys vary widely. Surveys conducted earlier in the year by Opinium showed a majority of UK citizens want to leave the EU.

TRTWorld and agencies