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David Cameron braced for revolt on EU referendum

By Gavin Cordon

Published 07/09/2015

Prime Minister David Cameron
Prime Minister David Cameron

David Cameron is braced for a damaging Commons revolt over the rules for the Government's planned in/out referendum on Britain's membership of the European Union.

Tory Eurosceptics have warned they ready are to vote with Labour and the SNP to inflict a bruising defeat on the government when MPs return to Westminster on Monday.

However it was unclear whether Labour would push a crucial amendment to a vote amid speculation ministers could offer further concessions over the so-called "purdah" rules in order to stave off defeat.

Mr Cameron has already staged a series of climb-downs in the face of opposition, including agreeing to restore the purdah provisions which bar the spending of public money to promote one side in the final four weeks of the campaign.

The row comes as a surprise opinion poll suggested voters would narrowly opt to leave the EU when the referendum comes.

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