I'm pretty dubious about the talk of a potential In/Out referendum apparently being considered by the Labour Party's top brass. Sure, it would split the Conservatives massively and give David Cameron a huge headache. But ultimately, would someone as wedded to the EU project as Miliband really risk the British public voting to leave?
Recent polls have confirmed the trend that the 'In' side is down by about 20% to the 'Outers', hardly favourable. Whilst the issue is an important one that should be put to the people, I have always thought that the politician most likely to call an In/Out referendum would be one wanting us to leave, as that would seem to be the likely income.
Then again, if the benefits of EU membership are 'self-evident' as the Labour line has gone for years, maybe they truly do believe that come a referendum the British public will suddenly want to be part of the EU no matter what the cost in terms of our democracy or prosperity? That seems just about deluded enough to seem plausible to me.