UKIP Leader Nigel Farage dismissed today’s report that 100 Tory MPs had signed a letter demanding a referendum on the EU.

It was reported that the MPs had put their name to a letter calling on the PM “to place on the Statute Book before the next General Election a commitment to hold a referendum during the next Parliament on the nature of our relationship with the European Union”.

Mr Farage said: “It’s all very well these Tories writing a letter to David Cameron calling for a referendum, but what happens next if he simply says ‘No’?

“Where do they all go from there?

“What many Conservatives are coming to understand is that Cameron has no intention of ever delivering on his promise of a referendum on the EU.

“They understand that it is UKIP alone calling for immediate withdrawal from the EU and that’s why they’re jumping ship and joining us in droves.”