latest music news
No need for Europe poll, says PM
David Cameron has dismissed fresh calls for a referendum on Europe in the wake of his veto on a treaty at last week's European Council summit.
The Prime Minister said that as the UK was not signing a new treaty the issue of a national poll did not arise.
Following his Commons statement on the summit, Mr Cameron said referendums should only be held if powers were being given up to Brussels.
Tory Julian Lewis (New Forest E) asked him: "As you have cast your vote on Europe so effectively in Brussels, do you think there's any chance that the British people might one day have an opportunity to do something similar over here?"
Mr Cameron said: "To me, the most important use of a referendum is if there is a proposal for this House of Commons, or any government, to pass powers from this House to somewhere else (then) we should ask the British people first.
"That to me, in a parliamentary democracy, is the right use of a referendum.
"As we are not signing a treaty I think the whole issue of a referendum doesn't arise."