From Cameron’s call to the Brexit deal: key events in the UK’s departure

The twists and turns in the saga since Britain was promised a referendum on EU membership

23 January 2013
Under intense pressure from many of his own MPs and with the rise of Ukip, the prime minister, David Cameron, promises an in-out referendum on EU membership if the Conservatives win the 2015 general election.

7 May 2015
The Tories unexpectedly make sweeping gains over Ed Miliband’s Labour party and secure a majority in the Commons. Cameron vows to deliver his manifesto pledge of an EU referendum.

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