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Backbench business debate on the holding of an EU referendum

25 October 2011

The Backbench Business Committee scheduled a debate on Monday 24 October 2011 on a motion relating to the holding of a national referendum on the UK's membership of the EU following a representation to the committee by Mr David Nuttall MP.

The motion was negatived on division. (Ayes: 111, Noes: 483). Watch the debate on Parliament TV and read the views expressed by MPs in Commons Hansard.

How this subject was selected

The subject for this debate was determined by the Backbench Business committee following a representation by Mr David Nuttall MP at a public meeting of the committee on 18 October 2011. A large number of backbench Members indicated their support for the debate. This issue has also been raised in public petitions.

This issue has also been raised by various organisations through both paper and online petitions. Between them they have collected more than 100,000 names

Watch the meeting where this debate was decided upon on Parliament TV and read an uncorrected transcript of the session.  

Backbench Business Committee

The Backbench Business Committee is responsible for scheduling debates on 35 days during the current session, at least 27 of which will be debates in the main Chamber of the House of Commons, with the remainder to be taken in Westminster Hall.


The Backbench Business Committee has published guidance on the e-petitions process to help the organisers of petitioners know how to take their case forward.

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