2016 now strong odds on favourite to be the year of the EU referendum pic.twitter.com/DFLH1KaVQQ
— Mike Smithson (@MSmithsonPB) May 27, 2015
It’s Queen’s Speech day and the first time that Cameron had been able to act free of the restrictions of coalition.
Judging from the headlines a key measure that the new government will seek to bring in quickly is the referendum on whether Britain should remain part of the EU. LAB had already said it will back the plan and the only change it might seek is on the extension of the franchise to 16-17 year olds.
From what’s come out overnight the planned question will involve voters choosing Yes to stay in and No to leave.
From a political perspective Cameron is trying to get this dealt with as soon as possible on the parliament. The referendum itself creates uncertainty and having the vote sooner rather than later minimises that.
The out campaigners have already indicated that they’d prefer a longer period before this comes to the crucial vote.
Which way will it go? The best stay betting price is 4/11 from Ladbrokes while Hills have 9/4 on leave.