It’s your vote

David Cameron will today attempt to face down Tory rebels demanding a referendum on Britain’s future in the European Union.

With the rebels claiming up to 100 Conservative MPs could defy the party whips and back a referendum in tonight’s Commons vote, Mr Cameron faces the most serious challenge to his authority since taking office.

At the EU summit yesterday in Brussels, the Prime Minister attempted to draw some of the heat from the revolt by suggesting Britain could exploit the eurozone crisis to start reclaiming powers from the EU.

But he was immediately plunged into a furious public row with his Liberal Democrat coalition partners who do not support the repatriation of powers from Brussels.