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Christians react as European Union referendum date is set

Sat 20 Feb 2016
By Aaron James

Christian figures have given their thoughts on the European Union as David Cameron announces the UK will go to the polls on Britain's membership on June 23rd 2016.

Specifically, those eligible to vote will be asked: "Should the United Kingdom remain a member of the European Union or leave the European Union?"

The announcement of a date comes after David Cameron left marathon talks in Brussels in an attempt to win reforms of Britain's membership of the European Union.

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The Prime Minister emerged with protections for the financial services in the City of London, curbs on migrant benefits, and an exemption for Britain when it comes to the European Union's commitment to the "ever closer union" of its member states, among other things.

Mr Cameron said of the deal and the referendum: "I believe that Britain will be safer, stronger and better off by remaining in a reformed European Union."

Others believe his reforms do not go far enough regarding sovereignty and immigration, however.

His Cabinet, including Home Secretary Theresa May and Chancellor George Osborne, have publicly backed Mr Cameron's deal and will be urging Britain to remain in Europe.

The Justice Secretary Michael Gove (below) announced he would be campaigning for Britain to leave Europe, among others.

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The Conservative Mayor of London Boris Johnson is yet to say whether he wants Britain to stay in or leave. He's expected to announce his position on Sunday.

Krish Kandiah, a theologian and the founder of Christian charity Home For Good, wants Britain to stay in the European Union.

He told Premier: "I think we're better together than we are apart.

"I think the way geopolitics is going around the world it would better for us to have stronger alliances with people that historically have stood by us in really difficult circumstances.

"I don't think now's the time to become an island state."

Jonathan Arnott is a Christian and UKIP MEP for the North East, and wants Britain to leave the European Union.

Referring to David Cameron's deal with EU reform on Brussels, he said: "It's not dealing with the issue on immigration, and the fact we've got uncontrolled mass net immigration from the European Union.

"Getting rid of the words 'ever-closer union' - well, great in principle, but those words never actually had an legal effect in the first place."

Listen to Premier's Aaron James speaking to Krish Kandiah:

Listen to Premier's Aaron James speaking to Jonathan Arnott MEP:


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