TOPICAL QUESTION – REFERENDUM ON EUROPE – 1 November 2011

Dr Julian Lewis: If the Greeks can have a referendum on Europe, why can't we?

[The Chancellor of the Exchequer (Mr George Osborne): What the Greek Prime Minister has apparently offered the Greek people is a referendum on difficult decisions required to get the budget deficit down. That is what he is talking about. We talked about these things in advance of a general election. Two parties here talked about those difficult decisions. We got elected, we are in government and we are now doing it, and we are recovering from the deep mess that the Labour party left us in.]