Once Europe exits crisis, will UK exit Europe?

Associated Press

LONDON (AP) — Senior lawmakers say Prime Minister David Cameron must offer Britain a vote on quitting the European Union as the bloc is transformed by efforts to solve the continent's debt crisis.

Ex-Defense Secretary Liam Fox on Monday joined growing calls for a national vote — a policy once advocated on Britain's political fringes, but rapidly gathering mainstream appeal.

Fox, a member of Cameron's Conservative Party, says that with the 17 eurozone members developing closer fiscal and political ties, others in the 27-nation EU should carefully consider their future.

Cameron has acknowledged Britain will likely need a new national vote on ties to Europe, but insists that shouldn't happen while the debt crisis unfolds.

Britain last held a vote on its membership of the EU, then the European Economic Community, in 1975.

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