After a glittering royal carriage procession to parliament, the Queen announces Prime Minister David Cameron's plans for an in-out EU referendum. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Britain's Queen Elizabeth said on Wednesday (May 27) the government would pass a law paving the way for a referendum on the country's membership of the European Union, in a speech setting out Prime Minister David Cameron's legislative plan for the coming year. "Early legislation will be introduced to provide for an in-out referendum on membership of the European Union before the end of 2017," the queen said, speaking in parliament. "My government will renegotiate the United Kingdom's relationship with the European Union and pursue reform of the European Union for the benefit of all member states," she added. The 89-year-old monarch was delivering the Queen's Speech, a tradition full of pomp and ceremony. The EU referendum official announcement came as Cameron faces pressure to explain when it will be held and what changes to the EU he wants before then. Cameron, who says he would prefer to stay inside a reformed EU but isn't "ruling anything out" if it fails to change, was re-elected on May 7 on a pledge to reshape ties with the bloc before allowing Britons to vote on whether to stay or leave. Other laws the queen outlined on Wednesday included a crackdown on illegal immigration and more powers for Scotland.