14 MAR 2011
By Jason Groves | Daily Mail
A major political campaign aimed at securing a historic referendum on whether Britain should stay in the EU or quit Brussels for good was launched today.
The cross-party ‘People’s Pledge’ campaign aims to pile pressure on party leaders and MPs to support a poll that would settle the divisive question of EU membership once and for all.
It hopes to emulate Barack Obama by harnessing the power of the internet to mobilise support in every constituency.
Polling for the campaign launch shows that 61 per cent would like a referendum on whether Britain should remain within the European Union, with just 25 per cent against. A majority of supporters of all three parties back the idea.
It means support for a referendum on the EU is more than double the level for the referendum on changing Britain’s voting system planned for May 5.
Voters will now be invited to sign up to the ‘People’s Pledge’, promising to only support candidates at the next election who vow to support a referendum.
The pledges will be registered by constituency on the campaign’s website – allowing MPs and rival candidates to see the level of support in their area. The aim is to focus initially on the 100 most marginal seats, where campaigners believe their number of supporters could quickly exceed the majorities of serving MPs.
Prominent Left-winger Mark Seddon, director of the campaign, said the initiative had the potential to tap into ‘huge latent demand’ for a referendum. He added: ‘Our message is simple – if you believe that the people, and not politicians, should decide the UK’s relationship with the EU, sign the People’s Pledge.
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