British Prime Minister David Cameron (L) speaks as French President Francois Hollande looks on during a press conference at a one day summit at RAF Brize Norton, in Oxfordshire yestereday.
LONDON: British Prime Minister David Cameron pledged yesterday to force through parliament a bill guaranteeing an in-or-out referendum on EU membership by the end of 2017, after the upper house killed off legislation.
He pledged to wield the Parliament Act, which enforces the supremacy of the elected lower House of Commons over the appointed upper House of Lords.
The act is only rarely used to overcome the Lords blocking the will of the Commons. It has only ever been enacted a handful of times since it was introduced in 1911.