Business leaders are starting to make their voices heard about Britain’s role in the EU, and about time too.
As the prime minister prepares for this month’s critically important speech on the subject, there is growing pressure on him to promise a referendum after the 2015 election of a kind that could lead to Britain’s exit. Such a commitment would yield tactical benefits at home. It would take the wind out of the sails of the UK Independence party, seen as a growing threat in the Conservative party’s heartland. It would help to change the mood of at least some troublesome backbenchers. And it would appease the Europhobe media, which should be natural Tory allies but which have become increasingly offensive about his leadership.
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