Cameron announces EU referendum date

David Cameron

Britain will vote on whether to remain in the EU on Thursday, 23 June, Prime Minister David Cameron has said.

The prime minister made his historic statement in Downing Street after briefing the cabinet on his EU reform deal.

He said he had told ministers he will recommend remaining in a reformed EU.

Home Secretary Theresa May has backed him – but other ministers including Justice Secretary Michael Gove are expected to join the out campaign.

Leave campaigners are hoping London Mayor Boris Johnson will join their cause – but he has yet to declare where he stands.

Mr Cameron claims his EU reform deal – hammered out at a two-day summit in Brussels – will give the Britain “special status” within the bloc – tackling concerns over migrants getting “something for nothing” from the benefit system and exempting the country from the EU drive for “ever closer union”.

But critics say it does nothing to tackle high levels of immigration or take back powers from Brussels, with UKIP leader Nigel Farage branding it “truly pathetic”.

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