UK Conservatives fire early shots in EU battle

British Prime Minister David Cameron has yet to set the date for the in-out EU referendum -- promised by the end of 2017Conservative MPs have already begun the debate over the referendum on Britain’s membership of the European Union, reopening old divisions that once nearly sank the party. Prime Minister David Cameron has yet to set the date for the in-out referendum — promised by the end of 2017 — and is still to negotiate pledged reforms with European partners, but the issue has dominated many fringe events at the party’s annual conference in Manchester this week. “I believe that membership of the EU makes us a stronger country, more prosperous and more secure,” said MP Damian Green, chairman of the Conservative European Mainstream group.

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