Paterson: EU referendum is inevitable

Northern Ireland secretary Owen Paterson says an EU referendum is inevitable in an interview with the Spectator magazine:

"If there was a major fundamental change in our relationship, emerging from the creation of a new bloc which would be effectively a new country from which we were excluded, then I think inevitably there would be huge pressure for a referendum.

"I think there will have to be one, yes, because I think the pressure would build up.

"This isn't going to happen immediately because these negotiations are going to take some months. But I think down the road that is inevitable."