Bute MP calls for early EU referendum

Brendan O'Hara MP (centre) at a Scottish Islands Federation meeting in Rothesay on June 19.
Brendan O'Hara MP (centre) at a Scottish Islands Federation meeting in Rothesay on June 19.

Bute’s new SNP MP Brendan O’Hara has predicted that the UK will vote to stay in the EU - and has added his voice to calls for an early referendum on the subject.

Mr O’Hara was speaking on his first visit to the island since his victory in the May 7 election.

“I suspect very strongly that the UK will vote to remain in the EU,” he told a meeting of the Scottish Islands Federation on the subject of island renewable energy projects.

“The referendum means you can’t plan with any expectation of fruition. It’s a real problem, but it’s one we can do nothing about.

“I suspect it will be held sooner rather than later - I think David Cameron will go for a quick referendum, and I hope he does, so that we can get it out of the way and move on to more important things.”

A date for the referendum has yet to be decided, but Mr Cameron confirmed earlier this week that the referendum - in which voters will be asked ‘Should the United Kingdom remain a member of the European Union?’ - will not be held on the same day as next May’s elections to the Scottish Parliament and the assemblies in Wales and Northern Ireland.