David Cameron Reaffirms Holding Referendum on UK's Membership to EU

World » EU | May 8, 2015, Friday // 21:33
Bulgaria: David Cameron Reaffirms Holding Referendum on UK's Membership to EU British Prime Minister and Conservative party leader David Cameron delivers a statement to the nation at Number 10 Downing Street in London, Britain, 08 May 2015. Photo: EPA

After winning an absolute majority in the general elections on Thursday, David Cameron reaffirmed on Friday the holding of a referendum on the UK's membership to the European Union (EU).

Following his reelection, Cameron committed himself to leading a government for “one nation” and making “Great Britain greater”

Cameron spoke outside 10 Downing Street after returning from a visit to Buckingham Palace, saying that the UK was “on the brink of something special”, the BBC reports.

Following the elections, the Conservatives gained an absolute majority, having won 331 out of the 650 seats in the House of Commons, which is the first such victory for them since 1992.

The Scottish National Party (SNP) also made a remarkable performance, winning 56 out of the 59 seats in Scotland.

Ed Miliband, Nick Clegg and Nigel Farage, the respective leaders of Labour, the Liberal Democrats and the UK Independence Party (UKIP), which all suffered heavy defeats, resigned following their poor performance.

Cameron, who is now in the process of composing the new government, already announced several reappointments.

George Osborne was reappointed as Chancellor, Theresa May as Home Secretary, Philip Hammond as Foreign Secretary and Michael Fallon as Defence Secretary.

The absolute majority means that the Conservatives will be able to govern without entering a coalition or formal agreements with other parties.

Cameron said the Conservatives will govern as a “party of one nation, one United Kingdom” and will implement as soon as possible the devolution of further powers to Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

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