David Cameron has promised a public vote on Britain’s membership of the EU by the end of 2017, although the exact timing remains a mystery.
A series of recent polls have suggested public opinion is swinging in favour of the UK quitting the 28-member bloc.
He said: “The government has made no preparations for withdrawing from the EU.”
Minister for Europe David Lidington has insisted the Government is “focused on delivering a successful renegotiation”.
He said: “It believes it can and will succeed in reforming and renegotiating our relationshipwith the EU and campaigning to keep the UK in the EU on that basis.”
Polls are suggesting public opinion is swaying in favour of the UK quitting the EU
“When the UK votes to leave, the refusal to even contemplate the fact will instantly put the country at a disadvantage when it comes to getting the best deal possible for this country.”
Ukip has accused ministers of “arrogance” over the lack of forward planning
In September, an ICM poll gave the ‘In’ camp a slim three per cent lead, while another survey at the beginning of the month put those opting for a Brexit ahead on 51 per cent.
Businessman Richard Tice of Leave.EU said: “The government have not even clarified on a piece of paper their objectives in a renegotiation.
David Cameron has promised a public vote on Britain’s membership of the EU
“As the opinion polls show the vote is no neck and neck and moving our way, so they must now start planning as a matter of urgency.”