Far from giving a voice to the people, the point of an EU referendum is to give a voice to a section of the Conservative Party.
Promising an in/out vote would shift the debate back onto Tory territory and could wreck a future Miliband premiership.
It's a sweet irony that Margaret Thatcher is the heroine both of some of those who wish to come here and many of those who oppose their doing so.
While the more established parties, such as the Front National and the Sweden Democrats, look set to enjoy the next year, others are likely to remain firmly on the fringe.
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The PM's Ukip-style positioning on immigration is viewed as weakness or blackmail by the rest of the EU.
The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership gives the coalition's health reforms international legal backing.
Promising an in/out vote would shift the debate back onto Tory territory and allow Cameron to claim that Miliband is dancing to his tune.
The threat by Nissan to withdraw from Britain if the UK leaves the EU shows how the Tories' euroscepticism pulls against their emphasis on stability.
MPs who last year wanted the Labour leader to trump Cameron by calling for a snap poll on Europe say the moment has passed.