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Commons clash over Brexit

Tuesday, February 23, 2016 - 01:17

A heated debate in Britain's House of Commons as British Prime Minister David Cameron laid out his plans for a referendum on the country's EU membership. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION). STORY: There was heated debate, jeering and cheering in Britain's House of Commons on Monday (February 22) as British Prime Minister David Cameron laid out his plans for an in-out referendum on the country's membership of the EU. The chamber saw a clash between Cameron and London Mayor Boris Johnson. Johnson, a Conservative member of parliament, is one of Britain's most charismatic politicians. He announced on Sunday (February 21) he supported leaving the bloc, dealing a blow to Cameron who vowed to campaign to stay in after striking a deal to reform Britain's ties with the EU last week. In the highly-charged Commons atmosphere, lawmakers yelled at the trademark scruffy Johnson to "tuck his shirt in" as he stood to challenge Cameron's deal. "May I ask my right honourable friend the prime minister to explain to the house and to the country exactly what way this deal returns sovereignty over any field of law-making to these houses of parliament," he said. Cameron, who had earlier made an apparent attack on Johnson during his opening speech at the briefing, told the mayor that his Brussels deal will exempt Britain from the "ever closer union" with Europe. Under his breath, Johnson was seen to mutter "rubbish" as Cameron answered him. Cameron said the only politician he thinks would want Britain to leave the bloc would be Russian President Vladimir Putin.

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Commons clash over Brexit

Tuesday, February 23, 2016 - 01:17