Monday, January 30, 2012

Tory MPs back on the warpath over Europe: Threat of referendum on quitting and revolt over euro

David Cameron faces a double revolt over Europe today with Tory MPs demanding a referendum on the EU and threatening a backbench rebellion over the new treaty.

The Prime Minister heads to a summit in Brussels with senior Tories warning him not to cave in to demands from eurozone countries to use the EU institutions funded by Britain to prop up the single currency.

Iain Duncan Smith and Boris Johnson both told Mr Cameron yesterday not to allow the European Court of Justice to enforce the new rules on spending in the eurozone after No 10 revealed on Friday that the UK will not fight the plans.

Tory MPs will today join the launch of a cross-party campaign to demand a referendum on Britain’s membership of the EU.

The People’s Pledge, which has collected 100,000 signatures supporting a nationwide vote, will announce plans to hold a series of local referendums to pile pressure on the Government to act.

To further antagonise Tory Eurosceptics, it emerged yesterday that Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg is sending a member of his staff with Mr Cameron to the summit to keep an eye on him – after the Lib Dem leader was allegedly ‘blindsided’ by the PM’s treaty veto before Christmas.

Eurosceptic Tories warned Mr Cameron that he will face the ‘mother of all rows’ if he fails to block plans for the new European fiscal union to use the European Court of Justice to enforce its rules. Read More