More than 60 per cent of Britons want a referendum on EU membership according to one newspaper poll.
Independent MEP Nikki Sinclaire helped organise a petition that has gathered more than 100,000 signatures.
“I think the public are unhappy with our relationship with the EU,” she told euronews. “That is borne out with many opinion polls – that a vast majority wants a referendum and that a majority wants to leave the European Union.”
As MPs prepared to vote on the referendum call in parliament, supporters of a public vote demonstrated outside Westminster.
“We were asked if we wanted to join the Common Market which was a common trading agreement. It was nothing to do with political union or a single currency,” said one woman, referring to the last such UK-wide referendum back in 1975.
“We are not euro-sceptics. We are EU sceptics,” a young man said. “This is nothing to do with Europe. We love it but we feel completely betrayed by a political class which has very slowly and slowly eroded our rights and taken away our freedoms.”
“Most people in this country are euro-sceptic,” said Robert Oulds, Director of the Bruges Group euro-sceptic think tank. “They don’t want to be run by Brussels with members of the European Union. Most of our laws come from the unaccountable and unelected institutions of the EU.”
British-EU relations have always been a bit of a rocky road. Nothing it seems has changed.