Saturday, 06 October 2012 13:42
LONDON: British voters should be given a say on any "fresh settlement" between Britain and the European Union, Foreign Secretary William Hague said in an interview out Saturday.
Hague told The Daily Telegraph newspaper that Britons could be given the opportunity to express their views in either a general election or a referendum.
He indicated that the Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition government would likely reject the notion of a straight in-or-out referendum, the broadsheet said.
Instead, the Conservative Party -- which Hague used to lead -- would likely present a plan on renegotiating the return of powers from Brussels which would form the basis of the centre-right party's next election manifesto.
"There's likely to come the time that a fresh settlement will require fresh consent either in a general election or a referendum," he said.
Hague stressed he supported Britain's EU membership, but added: "There are major problems in the extent of the bureaucracy, the regulations ...