The Asian Age

UK Tory legislator­s may push for exit from EU

‘ Up to 100’ MPs from the rul­ing party are pre­par­ing to defy their leader by pledg­ing support for an EU exit in their 2015 poll man­i­festos, re­gard­less of any changes to Bri­tain’s mem­ber­ship

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London/ Berlin, Sept. 1: Con­ser­va­tive legislator­s could pledge to support Bri­tain leav­ing the EU, ir­re­spec­tive of what pow­ers are re­turned to London from Brussels, news­pa­per the In­de­pen­dent has re­ported.

The re­port un­der­lines the grow­ing pres­sure fac­ing Prime Min­is­ter David Cameron as he con­tends with the rise of the euroscep­tic UK In­de­pen­dence Party ( UKIP) ahead of a May 2015 gen­eral elec­tion. Mr Cameron has vowed to rene­go­ti­ate a re­turn of pow­ers from Brussels to London and hold a ref­er­en­dum on EU mem­ber­ship in 2017, and has said he would cam­paign for Bri­tain to re­main in the bloc. But the In­de­pen­dent re­ported that “up to 100’ MPs from his rul­ing Con­ser­va­tive party are pre­par­ing to defy their leader by pledg­ing support for an EU exit in their 2015 elec­tion man­i­festos, re­gard­less of any changes to Bri­tain’s mem­ber­ship. “My elec­tion man­i­festo will con­firm my view that we should leave the EU,” Con­ser­va­tive MP Mark Reck­less said.

Con­ser­va­tive MP Ja­cob Rees- Mogg said he had not been ap­proached about the idea but said he was “very in­ter­ested”. “If the Prime Min­is­ter hasn’t, by the elec­tion, set out very clearly his terms for rene­go­ti­a­tion and the cir­cum­stances un­der which he would call for a No vote it would be ex­tremely tempt­ing to put a per­sonal state­ment in one’s elec­tion ad­dress to say that I will vote for Out,” Mr Rees- Mogg told BBC ra­dio. Mean­while, Ger­man Chan­cel­lor An­gela Merkel’s con­ser­va­tives re­tained their grip on power in the east­ern state of Sax­ony on Sun­day but now face op­po­si­tion from a fledg­ling anti- euro party, which won its first seats in a re­gional assem­bly.

Ms Merkel’s Christian Democrats won 39.4 per cent of the vote in the re­gional Par­lia­ment, ac­cord­ing to provisiona­l re­sults.

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