Gordon Brown, the Prime Minister from 2007 until 2010, has warned that the UK risks isolation if voters decide to leave the European Union.
In an article for the Guardian the former Prime Minister wrote:
“Of course, we must tell the truth about the 3 million jobs, 25,000 companies, £200bn of annual exports and £450bn of inward investment linked to Europe; and how the “Britzerland” or Norwegian alternatives (even Norwegians oppose the Norwegian option) leave us subject to EU rules, but denied a vote in shaping them. And we must talk about how the Hong Kong option – “leaving Europe to join the world” – is really the North Korea option, out in the cold with few friends, no influence, little new trade and even less new investment.”
Ed Miliband, the leader of the Opposition, has ruled out a referendum on the UK’s membership of the European Union unless a substantial change in power is proposed. The Conservative Party have offered a referendum on membership of the European Union in 2017.