EU: New Tory battle lines drawn (to leave EU)


David Cameron has opened the door to a historic referendum on Britain’s future relationship with the European Union — declaring that voters need a “real choice”.

Patrick Hennessy

By , Political Editor

8:30PM BST 30 Jun 2012

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The Prime Minister uses an article in The Sunday Telegraph to say that Britain is in danger of getting swamped by EU legislation and bureaucracy which he would like to see scrapped. He makes clear for the first time that changes will need the “full-hearted support of the British people” down the line and adds: “For me the two words ‘Europe’ and ‘referendum’ can go together.”

Mr Cameron’s landmark move comes as Liam Fox, the former defence secretary, prepares to up the stakes by calling for an immediate renegotiation of Britain’s relationship with the EU. If other member states fail to back this solution, Dr Fox believes, there should be a referendum with the government recommending pulling the UK out of the EU.

This newspaper has learned that Dr Fox, the standard bearer of the Tory right, will tell activists tomorrow: “For my own part, life outside the EU holds no terror. We have not moved the goalposts. But they have been moved nevertheless. We must now respond.”

The former cabinet minister’s clarion call is likely to be greeted with delight by Eurosceptics on the Right of the party — a constituency which Mr Cameron has had difficulty in the past convincing that he is on the correct track.

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5 Replies to “EU: New Tory battle lines drawn (to leave EU)”

  1. I think you’ll find if you read the text of Cameron’s article itself you will see that he argues strongly for staying in the EU. It is a cunning ruse on the part of Cameron to make it appear that he is in favour of a referendum on membership of the EU, when in fact he is not. As with his ‘criticism’ of multiculturalism, it is actually nothing of the sort. See here:

  2. The fact that they are being forced to talk about a referendum is a good sign, they are getting scared and are trying to prevent this from becoming an election issue.

  3. The General Public are not stupid,we have been calling for this for Months,what we’ve got to watch out for is as Richard says,it may be a case of stalling and stalling,and he will use this as an Election issue,if the mood of the Public is against the E.U.getting nearer the Election,he’ll jump on the Bandwaggon in a “look i’m giving you what you want,i’m here to serve you” smokescreen,he does’nt fool anybody with these Tactics.

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