Charles Walker calls for an informed debate in run up to EU referendum

Speaking in the debate on the EU Referendum Bill, Charles Walker cautions against bringing the date forward as it will give more time to make our argument and persuade the British people of what is in their interest.

Mr Walker: I thank my hon. Friend, and I am sorry for being one of the bumps in the bumpy ride that he has had. He has taken his admonishment in good grace.

May I suggest to my hon. Friend that if we have a referendum in 2017, as proposed in the Bill, we will have more time to make our argument and persuade the British people of what is in their interest?

Adam Afriyie: As I said, we are completely united as a party in wanting to give the British people a say. There are differences between us on timing, and I will come to that point in a moment.

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