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MPs returning to Parliament after the summer recess are going to have to be quick to get back into the swing of things, with a busy week ahead in the Commons...
MPs returning to Parliament after the summer recess are going to have to be quick to get back into the swing of things, with a busy week ahead in the Commons. The migration crisis shows little signs of simmering down, the Labour leadership campaign is finally drawing to a close and MPs from across the political spectrum are putting pressure on Number 10 over the rules for the EU referendum.
David Cameron is due to set out details of how the UK will respond to the influx of refugees from Syria today, including how many Britain will take. He is expected to confirm that a large chunk of Britain’s future aid budget will be diverted to tackling the crisis, as well as how the refugees will be chosen and how they will be resettled. The refugee crisis - and how the UK and the EU responds – could have a significant bearing on the EU referendum, as it places a spotlight on both the debate around immigration and on the UK’s ability to opt out of pan-EU decisions it dislikes.
Whilst this goes on, Cameron is also facing a combined attack from eurosceptic Conservatives, Labour and potentially the SNP over the proposed rules for the EU referendum. A number of MPs want to force the Government to implement full ‘purdah’ rules during the campaign, ban EU institutions from spending money in the campaign and overturn plans to allow a snap referendum to be called. At the same time, Cameron and his advisors are urging UK business leaders not to speak out about their views on the EU in case this jeopardies the renegotiation of the UK’s membership, and both the Yes and No campaigns are gearing up to launch.