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The British government is facing growing pressure from eurosceptics among its own ranks, who have
defied prime minister David Cameron over a vote for a referundum on leaving the European Union.

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ALI MOORE, PRESENTER: As European leaders prepare to meet in an attempt to find a solution to the
eurozone debt crisis, the British government is facing growing pressure from eurosceptics among its
ranks.

Yesterday the parliament rejected a bid for a referendum on leaving the European Union but dozens
of conservative MPs defied their leader, David Cameron, by voting for the motion.

The Labour party has described the vote as a humiliation for the prime minister.

Europe correspondent Philip Williams reports.

PHILIP WILLIAMS, REPORTER: Outside the parliament, supporters of an EU-free Britain were singing
and signalling encouragement to all inside who share their view that voters should be given a
choice: to stay, to leave or to renegotiate.

ADAM HOLLOWAY, BRITISH CONSERVATIVE MP: If Britain's future as an independent country is not a
proper matter for a referendum, madam deputy speaker, then I have absolutely no idea what is.

PHILIP WILLIAMS: One after the other, MPs from the prime minister's own party stood in defiance of
their leader and demanded voters, not parliamentarians, decide the nation's future with or without
Europe. A burning question demanded an incendiary answer.

DAVID CAMERON, BRITISH PRIME MINISTER: When your neighbour's house is on fire, your first impulse
should be to help them to put out the flames, not least to stop the flames reaching your own house.

PHILIP WILLIAMS: The Prime Minister did try and talk the rebels down, saying he too wanted reforms.
But what and when went unanswered. And the opposition smelt blood.

ED MILLIBAND, BRITISH OPPOSITION LEADER: We see the rerun of the old movie: an out-of-touch Tory
Party tearing itself apart over Europe.

The ayes to the right, 111. The noes to the left, 483.

PHILIP WILLIAMS: The result of the vote was never in doubt, but scale of the rebellion is a clear
snub to a leader deeply embroiled in efforts to rescue the eurozone.

With a vital meeting on Wednesday, his European counterparts now know at least a quarter of his own
party want the English Channel between the UK and the continent dredged wider and deeper.

Across that divide, there've been many summits to end all Eurozone summits already. But Wednesday's
gathering is billed as the last chance for a definitive plan to stop the euro rot. Governments and
markets are watching nervously.

ROBERT HALVER, TRADER: There's a big hope that on Wednesday, at least Thursday morning, we'll have
the big move, considering the solution of the European debt crisis. I'm hopeful that it will be the
absolute clear solution. Otherwise I will stay in bed.

PHILIP WILLIAMS: The whole world, including Australia, is demanding effective action. The eurozone
is on notice. A challenge remains, though, how to forge common purpose from 17 self-interested
nations.