British Foreign Secretary William Hague has said that the Conservative Party will not release plans around a negotiation with the European Union unless the Conservatives are voted back in to government next year.
The announcement will prompt concerns that the Tory plans are either unworkable or non-existent, a long-held view from both the continent and from eurosceptics in Britain.
Hague, who is a former Conservative Party leader himself, said “We are at that stage rather than the stage of a shopping list of detail.”
The Sun reports that the foreign secretary was clear that the next year would be spent establishing “common ground” within the EU.
He said: “The only way for the voter to get a referendum on Europe is to vote Conservative at the general election.”
At the same time, the firebrand MP David Davis has said that any MPs should be given a free vote over an in-out European Union referendum, meaning that political parties should not whip their MPs to take a party position.