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Will Ed Miliband “do a John Smith” and push for an early EU in/out referendum? There are advantages, y’know…

John Major and David CameronCould Labour be about to “do a John Smith” to the Tories over the timing of an in/out referendum on the UK’s membership of the European Union?

In the 1990s, Labour wrought havoc on the fourth-term Tory government by (cynically) teaming up with the right-wing ‘Maastricht rebels’ to inflict damaging Commons defeats on their common enemy, John Major.

Could Ed Miliband try and do the same to David Cameron? That’s the hint in today’s Guardian:

Labour is considering backing an in-out referendum on Europe as early as

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  • Graham Jeffs
    "There isn’t an easy solution, but naming the problem is a start." Absolutely right! But is there any evidence that our party is actually going to do that?...
  • Julian Tisi
    The problem is bigger. Under our constitution, none of us vote for the PM directly, but instead the PM is selected from Parliament whom we elect directly. Thu...
  • Simon McGrath
    This is an odd post. If Jo Swinson had won the last election and had to stand down for some reason , a rather smaller number of LD members would be choosing th...
  • Tom Harney
    Where is the public outcry? If there is to be a public outcry then someone has to lead it. That should be the leader of the opposition. Why are his party not de...
  • George Thomas
    Apparently it's quite normal to say one thing to your party membership to win control over party and then try to get elected with something quite different, acc...